Making an effort to improve indoor air quality can help you avoid asthma flare-ups and allergy symptoms, especially as we head into spring when everything is in bloom. While it’s probably impossible to eliminate all the allergens inside your home, you can help reduce the number – and your exposure to them – by making some simple changes. Here are some strategies that you can use to improve air quality inside your home and hopefully improve your allergy symptoms along the way.
1. Vacuuming the carpets and area rugs at least once or twice a week with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter. Opting for hard-surface flooring, like hardwood, instead of wall-to-wall carpeting may also cut down on allergens in the home.
2. Regularly washing bedding, drapes, and other items that tend to attract allergens—particularly if you have pets. Also consider using dust mite–proof covers on pillows, as well as mattresses and box springs, whenever possible.
3. Clearing clutter, because it traps and holds dust that can trigger a reaction once disturbed.
4. Schedule regular HVAC maintenance. If it’s been a while since the ventilation system has been cleaned, reach out to HVAC techs for help. Mold spores, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens get sucked into the ducts when heating and cooling equipment is running. It can flow back in through the vents and recirculate in the air each time you turn on the system. Techs can clean and disinfect components to prevent this from happening.
5. Adding house plants won’t only add a pop of color to any space but will also help purify the air. They absorb gases, including carbon dioxide and other volatile organic compounds, through pores in leaves. They convert the carbon dioxide into chemical energy to grow. Eliminating these compounds improves the quality of air you breathe.