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Tips for Fighting Allergies Around the Home

Posted on News September 29, 2010 by Terry Jones

One of the best ways to control your allergies is to keep a clean home. These tips are not intended to replace a consultation with your doctor, but taking a few simple steps around the home can go a long way in making your home more welcoming to those with allergies.  

First, you don’t need to use cleaning chemicals when dusting. You can save a little money by using a microfiber towel and then washing the towel when you’re done. Microfiber towels are relatively cheap and can be found at many retail locations. Start at higher levels and work your way down. That way the dust that falls from the top you can wipe clean from the lower surfaces as you go. Then vacuum to catch any dust that falls on the floor. Cut down on knickknacks, books and other decorations, as these are great dust collectors. Store these items in bins.

Change your filter every month, or as necessary depending on the type of filter. This will ensure that your filter does not become clogged so that it remains at its most effective. An ultraviolet (UV) light installed on your air handler or coil can be effective in killing microorganisms and pathogens. All Year Cooling offers UV light filtration to our customers so just ask for more information. We also offer Correct Filters, which are custom-fitted to your system to avoid air bypassing the filter.

When you take a shower, make sure that the vent fan is on. Also wash bathroom rugs regularly and clean your bathroom once a week. This helps to combat mold growth, which can be quite common in the damp conditions of the bathroom. You can avoid using harsh chemical cleaners by opting instead for those that use natural ingredients derived from plants and minerals, which are easy to find nowadays at most retail stores that sell cleaning supplies. If you’re cleaning mold, wear a mask.

Wash your sheets, too, and keep your pets off your bed and furniture as much as you can. Also try to give your pets a bath at least once a week, or more if possible. This may help to cut down on the allergens in pet dander.

Do not allow people to smoke inside your house, either. Cigarette smoke can be nasty for people with allergies. If you have a rodent or insect problem, use traps, avoid leaving food out and dishes in the sink, and call an exterminator if the problem is especially troublesome.

And then there is the duct work. Dust, insect and rodent excrement, dirt and other allergens may collect in the ductwork over time. All Year Cooling offers comprehensive duct cleaning to thoroughly clean your home’s ductwork. Many recommend this every few years, but for those with severe allergies, it may be worth to clean the ducts annually.   

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