Stay on Top of Your Home’s Indoor Air Quality by Controlling Allergens

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If you or someone in your family suffers from allergies, you probably already know that nothing can send them into coughing or sneezing spasms more than dust. While we can’t stop dust from invading our homes and affecting indoor air quality, we can remain vigilant about it. The single most important step you can take is to keep all the surfaces in your home—window sills, counters, furniture and floors—free of dust every day.

If you’re going to go to the trouble of dusting and cleaning, take a moment to think about the best way to do it.  Feather dusters may look like fun and dust rags are easy to keep in a back pocket, but remember that they simply scatter dust; they don’t remove it. So use a microfiber cloth or a slightly damp mop or rag to keep your home free of dust. And right after you dust, vacuum or take throw rugs outdoors and shake them. These two steps alone should go a long way toward improving your indoor air quality.

Meanwhile, keep the needs of other rooms in your home top-of-mind:

  • Bedrooms – Don’t give dust mites a chance. Wash your sheets, pillowcases and blankets in hot water once a week.
  • Bathrooms – Don’t give mold and mildew a chance to grow. Run the exhaust fan whenever someone takes a bath or shower. Keep the fan running for 10 minutes afterward, too.
  • Kitchen – Run the exhaust fan while you’re cooking up a storm and then clean your counters after every meal. A few crumbs here and there may not bother you, but unfortunately, they don’t bother bugs and insects either, which are drawn to food and can trigger allergy symptoms almost as much as dust.
  • Entire house – Try to keep your indoor temperature at about 70 degrees and the relative humidity level at about 50 percent.

Every home is different, and yours may benefit from an air quality assessment to see if there are other ways—such as installing an electronic air cleaner—to make your indoor air quality even healthier. Nothing is more important to us than your health, so give Scott’s Heating & Air Conditioning a call today.

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