Do you or a family member suffer from allergies? You may love the Springtime in Texas like me, but for allergy sufferers like my husband and oldest daughter, it can be an uphill battle just to reach Summer.
Hey there, Jenevieve Croall here, with JLUX Homes Realty Group. As Spring settles in, plants come alive, and pollen counts skyrocket, many of us are dealing with non-stop sneezing, runny and stuffy noses and puffy eyes. Although we can’t avoid the pollen outdoors, I’m here today to give you the 4 ways to allergy proof your home that will allow you to enjoy the warmer weather.
#1. Get Your Carpets Professionally Cleaned. Consider wet-vacuuming your carpets whenever possible. You could also think about removing carpet entirely. This is because allergens tend to stick to carpets for long periods of time until someone comes in contact with them.
#2: Regularly Change out Your HVAC Filters. Not only is this essential for your AC’s long term health, but also your own! Your home;s air filters are designed to trap dust mites, mold spores, pollen and pet dander. I can tell you first hand, from the hundreds of home inspections I’ve attended, most homeowners are NOT changing out their air filters as often as they should. Changing your home’s air filter ensures cleaner, fresher and healthier air. For those with allergies or asthma, a clean air filter means your HVAC system is not constantly circulating dust, pollen and other small particles in the air. Also, did you know there are premium filters which are super effective for removing allergens. So next time you go shopping for your air filters, consider investing in an allergen air filter!
#3. Go Hypoallergenic.
If you’re particularly sensitive to allergies, make sure that you’re using hypoallergenic products in the house. As hypoallergenic materials and fabrics are less likely to house dust mites and other allergens. From pillows that reduce your exposure to irritants, to all-natural
furniture materials, going hypoallergenic is always a good idea. To start, try swapping your
bedsheets and pillows for some hypoallergenic bedding.
#4. Get an HEPA Air Purifier. These are small, portable units that may work for a single room. The best room to place your air purifier is the one where you spend most of your time, usually your bedroom or in today’s new normal, your home office. A true HEPA machine captures up to 99.97% of microscopic allergens and also has the benefit of reducing odors and germs.
Well, there you have it. With a bit of cleaning, climate control and healthy product options, you can make your home allergy-proof in no time!