We often think about spring and summer as allergy seasons. The spring rains bring wild growth and pollen that flourishes as the summer evolves. But did you know that the inside air can be more detrimental to allergies than outdoor air?
According to the EPA, “a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.”
What options do you have to make your indoor environment safer and less aggravating to allergies?
• Get an Air Purifier
Given that EPA statistic on indoor air pollution, an air purifier with a HEPA (High Energy Particulate Air) filter could be a wise choice. They are able to remove 99.97% of odor, dust, pollen, smoke, pet dander, and mold spores in the air. They can lead to a healthier home environment and are inexpensive.
• Get Rid of Your Carpets
Wall-to-wall carpeting became a statement of luxury, and yet, an attainable goal for many families in the 1950’s. In fact, between 1951 and 1968, due to the DuPont developed bulked continuous filament nylon carpet sold in the U.S. went from 6 million square yards annually to 400 million square yards annually. Wall-to-wall carpeting became the norm in new homes. While some people would state that carpets make a home, others would express their concern that carpets aggravate allergies. While carpet manufacturers suggest that pollen, dust and pet dander are actually trapped within carpets, many doctors suggest that removing carpets will reduce your exposure to allergens.
• Remove Clutter
Clutter is a dust magnet. Why not use spring cleaning as a great reason to clear out those stacks of magazines, those hard to part with, but never used items and organize your space to reduce your exposure to allergens?
• Clean Your Drapes and Blinds
Drapes and blinds, even those that get dusted on a regular basis deserve a good cleaning at least once or twice a year.
• Consider Removing Upholstered Furniture
This might sound like a radical idea, but upholstered furniture collects dust and if allergens are a serious concern leather, metal, wood or plastic furniture may be a better choice.
• Choose Your Pets Wisely
When looking for a family pet, consider one that will not increase allergens. Birds are generally a bad choice, as they spread a large amount of dander. Cats, other than the hairless variety are not a wise choice either. Certain dogs are specifically bred for their hypoallergenic attributes. The American Kennel Club is a great place to start.
Keeping your home free of mold and dust are a high priority. If you are looking for advice on how to keep your home an allergy-free zone and would like to speak to one of our professionals, give us a call today at (415) 519-7404.