Home preparation for allergy season here in South Florida is crucial. If you suffer from sensitivities to pollen, growth spores, dust, or even pet dander, the warmer months can be uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce allergens inside your house.
Below are three ways to better prepare your home for this upcoming allergy season and prevent seasonal flare-ups for your family.
Allergy-causing fungi love to grow in dark, damp places in your home. That means bathrooms are the perfect environment for bacteria to grow since it’s a part of the house that sees a lot of humidity but not much sunlight. If you have a poorly ventilated bathroom, you may want to consider doing a quick renovation to improve air circulation.
Installing a new exhaust fan, using mildew-resistant paint, and replacing broken plumbing fixtures can help reduce bacteria-friendly areas and improve indoor air quality. These repairs can be an expensive undertaking, but most property owners can use their home’s equity to cover the costs of repairs without withdrawing money from personal savings. Giving the bathroom a facelift will also add value to the home and provide a return on the investment while creating a more hygienic environment.
As you use your air conditioner and furnace, tiny dust particles are left behind in the ducts. Whenever air passes through, those particles can become airborne and circulate inside your home. To avoid this issue, you should schedule an air duct cleaning service to remove dust, mildew, and other contaminants from your HVAC system.
This process reduces indoor allergens, improves indoor air quality, and prevents mold growth, all of which can help alleviate allergies. Duct cleaning has many additional benefits, like improving energy efficiency and reducing the need for future repairs. With clean air ducts, your AC doesn’t have to work as hard to overcome blockages and debris.
When the weather is nice, it’s tempting to open all the windows and let in the fresh air. However, this can create issues if your local area is experiencing a high pollen count. On windy days, dust and pollen can easily blow into your home, even if you only have a few windows open. Prevent this problem by looking at a local pollen map before opening your windows. If the pollen count is currently high, you may want to use the AC to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature instead of relying on outdoor air.
This summer doesn’t have to be uncomfortable for allergy sufferers. By taking steps to prevent bacteria, clean up dust, and improve indoor air quality, you can enjoy the warmer months without experiencing severe seasonal symptoms.