It may still be a chill in the air but spring is less than a week away.
With rain and allergies season right around the corner, here are some helpful things to know that will help you this spring.
- For those who love to garden, try to avoid bringing in fresh cut flowers, since they can transport pollen from outdoors into your home.
- Dust furniture with damp cloth to avoid risk of spreading more dust around your home
- Vacuum mattresses, carpets and other cloth furniture with a hepa vac to trap more allergens missed in dusting.
- If return air vents on walls (some are on floors in older homes) are constantly dirty, you may want to consider having your ducts professionally cleaned by a reliable company. Warning: a professional company will charge between $25 & $35 per vent in some cases, if a company tells you they can clean them for $5-$10 most likely they are scamming you to get in the door to upcharge you later. If you need a reliable reference please contact us.
- Make sure you invest in a good quality filter that will remove dust, mold spores, dust mites, and other allergens and follow the directions on replacement of them. Note: if your filter says replace weekly or monthly and you have extreme dirty ductwork cut that time in half on replacement. Example if one month replacement then replace in two weeks if two weeks then replace every week.
- Wash pets weekly outside if possible since pollen gets trapped & transported by their fur into homes, that transfers to carpets, furniture, clothing and mattresses.
- Take showers or baths regularly due to pollen that collects on our skin, clothing and hair
- Wash clothing often, at least in water that’s at least 130 degrees and dry in a hot dryer to kill dust mites and known allergens.
- Try washing with eco-friendly products since many detergents have been shown to trigger allergies.
- Since homes are under negative pressure, whenever a door or window is opened it pulls in pollen and spores that collects on furniture, TV’s, electronics and carpets.
- Children breath twice as fast as adults therefore they are subject to take in more allergens.
Hopefully some or all these pointers help you but if your situation is more severe, I recommend a professional come & access your home & HVAC System there are so many products that could aid you and bring relief to your children, pets and yourself of these issues. Don’t forget about your pets, they can also suffer from allergies. You can’t control the air outside, but you can control the air you breath inside. Happy Breathing!
For questions or to set up an appointment, call Riteair Heating and Cooling at 314-732-8337