Getting the Upper Hand on Indoor Allergens
In order to minimize our asthma and allergy symptoms we need to manage the triggers that set them off. This is especially important at home where most of us spend greater than 65% of our time. The simplest way to manage those triggers is to maintain healthy indoor air quality. In the following steps, which we based on EPA guidelines, we provide the tools to achieve that quality.
Remove and Control Pollution Sources
The first step is to remove all pollution sources from the home. Stop smoking indoors. Stop using chemical-based cleaners. Stop using store-bought air fresheners. If we follow the other steps, we won’t need those anyway. In the cases where you cannot remove a pollutant, then you must control it as much as possible, such as providing additional ventilation during periods of use.
Maintain Adequate Ventilation
Modern homes are extremely airtight; some would argue too much so. Therefore, providing ventilation isn’t simply a matter of opening a window or two when the weather allows. Instead, it means hiring a professional regularly to inspect and maintain our HVAC system. It also means ensuring that we have all of our appliances properly vented to the outdoors, and that we have adequate airflow within the home.
Use A HEPA Air Purifier
Air movement and basic air filtration aren’t good enough. We require consistent, thorough filtration of our indoor air with a HEPA air purifier. HEPA, which stands for high efficiency particulate air, removes 99.97% or more of all airborne particles and allergens equal to or greater than 0.3 micrometers in size. Due to this efficiency, it meets the standards of the US Department of Energy and hospitals throughout the world.
Control Dust Mites
Managing dust mites is vital to maintaining clean air and allergy relief. You can’t ever eradicate them completely, but you can minimize exposure to them by regularly cleaning the surfaces in your home. These surfaces include counters, bare floors and even walls. In addition, keep your bedding clean and wash movable rugs regularly.
Vacuum Every Week
Vacuum once a week, and feel free to vacuum more often if you’re so inclined. Invest in a high-quality vacuum, which will help to keep allergens and other pollutants at a minimum. Preferably, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, such as one manufactured by Miele, Dyson or Riccar. This will block many of the pollutants that a regular vacuum kicks back into your environment.
Avoid Pet Dander
Pets with feathers and fur are a terrible source of air pollution, so much so that those with pet dander allergies typically avoid them altogether. But if you have pets, then there are steps that you can take to minimize the pollution. Keep the animals out of bedrooms. Dust all surfaces on a routine basis. Cover all vents with cheesecloth, and clean or replace the cheesecloth as often as is necessary.
Prevent Pollen from Getting Indoors
Avoiding pollen indoors may sound simple enough, but you might be surprised at how easy it is to undermine overall indoor air quality during the pollen season. So use your air conditioning system during the pollen season as much as possible; avoid open windows. If you have window units, check the filters frequently and clean or replace them whenever necessary.
Keep Mold Spores Out
Mold is most likely to form in the home wherever there is moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. So keep those areas as dry as possible, and make sure to use the ventilation fans when using water in those areas to help with mold spores. It also helps greatly to have a dehumidifier in the home and to limit the number of houseplants. Of course, repair leaks and damp areas immediately and then clean the affected areas.
Cockroaches are a serious health risk for a number of reasons. The one we’re concerned about most is that they compromise indoor air quality. If we have cockroaches in the home, then we should hire a professional extermination service to get rid of them, but also ensure that the technician uses as few chemical agents as is necessary. When we’re cockroach-free, following the above steps, covering the garbage and storing food properly will help ensure that we stay that way.
If you're like most people, you spend a good amount of time at home. That means you are probably looking for ways to minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of asthma and allergies. Managing the triggers that produce those symptoms is one of the best ways to decrease the incidence of symptoms in you and your family. Luckily, we have EPA guidelines to help. Are you ready to safeguard the health of your family today? You can do that and more by investing in a genuine HEPA air purifier. These quality air purifiers will remove up to 99.97 percent of the airborne particles in your home, so it's important not to put it off any longer. Get ready to breathe better with a HEPA air purifier.
- Administration Staff