Before you celebrate the end of pollen allergies with the coming of the winter, consider the allergens that might lurk within your home in Merritt Island, Florida. You’ll be spending more time indoors during the cold weather, and the last thing you want to do is sneeze and cough your way through the season. So, here are three tips for reducing winter allergy symptoms at home.
Step Up the Vacuuming
Vacuuming often is one of the most reliable ways of reducing dust, dust mites, dander, and pet hair in your home. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner for better results. You can even mop the floors afterward. If you have rugs, consider rolling them into storage for the winter. They are a magnet for allergens, and even with all the vacuuming, they may exacerbate your allergy symptoms.
Get High-Efficiency Furnace Filters
High-efficiency furnace filters will do a commendable job of trapping allergens and will also help improve your indoor air quality. Get a furnace filter with a MERV rating that is suitable for your furnace type. You will need to change the filters once a month to once in three months to keep your home’s air fresh and clean.
Install a Whole-Home Humidifier or Dehumidifier
A whole-home humidifier or dehumidifier can help you regulate the humidity in your home and keep it to a healthy 50%. a dehumidifier will also help prevent the conditions that lead to the proliferation of harmful biological growth.
In addition to these tips, take the precautionary steps of grooming your pets regularly and keeping them out of the bedroom. Also, dust your clothes well after an outdoor outing and drop them into the laundry hamper. Launder your clothes and bedsheets in hot water to kill off dust mites.
You can also consider getting professional assistance from Bencraft Mechanical Services, Inc. to improve the air quality in your home. You can call us at (321) 978-0927, and we will send one of our trained HVAC technicians to discuss your needs.
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