Allergies are most commonly associated with springtime thanks to the pollen season in Cleburne, Texas. But wintertime can pose problems for residents with allergies, as well. Avoiding indoor allergens can help make wintertime more comfortable and reduce overall symptoms like coughs and sniffles. Here are a few ways you can help reduce allergens in your home this winter:
Change the HVAC Filter
One of the most important steps in removing allergens from the air is to change your HVAC filter regularly. As the strongest line of defense between allergens and your home, your filter is what traps airborne debris and prevents them from circulating through your home. If that filter clogs, it’s more likely that debris and pollutants will get through. As a result, it’ll increase the likelihood of experiencing allergy symptoms in your home. Check your HVAC filter at least once a month, and change it when it starts to look dirty.
Dust in All the Right Places
Many times, homeowners forget to look up while dusting. While it’s important to keep things around your home dust free, remember to also regularly dust items like vents and fans too. If you have a fan running all the time, it may be hard to see the dust buildup, but you’d be amazed how much can collect on fan blades. Wipe them down several times a month along with your HVAC vents. Dust buildup there can also lead to increased dust circulation in your home. As a result, it can decrease indoor air quality and worsen your allergy symptoms.
Wash Fabrics Frequently
Fabric is one of the worst culprits when it comes to allergens collecting. Skin, dust and pet dander can build up easily in linen and upholstery. Therefore, it’s important to wash your linens once a week and clean your upholstery items as thoroughly as possible. Most throw pillows can go through the wash. Investing in a steam cleaner for monthly cleanings of your couch can make a huge difference.
If you’re experiencing a lot of allergy symptoms at home, Airmasters Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. can help get to the bottom of the issue. Set up an appointment today by calling us at 817-506-4862.
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