Indoor Air Quality: Top 6 Ways To Fight Spring Allergies
According to the CDC, 24.4 million Americans are plagued with seasonal allergies. If you’re one of the unlucky ones that get to experience allergies this time of year, you’re not alone – and there are ways you can fight them! When it comes to allergies, we often think about what’s outside that can cause them. However, indoor air is just as bad (actually worse) than outdoor air. In fact, according to the EPA, your indoor air can be 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air. Let’s take a look at what we can do for our indoor air quality to help fight off those spring allergies.
1. Proper Ventilation
If you’re doing spring cleaning this season, be mindful of the cleaning products you’re using. A lot of our cleaning products contain toxic chemicals. If you’re using products that are loaded with chemicals, make sure you’re ventilating your space. Open some windows or keep the door cracked open on a nice, warm spring day. However, if there’s a lot of pollen outside, you may be tempted to keep your windows and doors shut. In this case, consider “going green” when it comes to your cleaning products. Use natural, unscented and fragrance-free cleaning products instead.
2. Ditch The Air Fresheners
Air fresheners seem like a great way to freshen the air inside your home, but actually, they can be harmful to your allergies and indoor air quality. A lot of them contain harsh and toxic chemicals, much like your cleaning products. If you’re looking to freshen up your home and keep your indoor air quality healthy, then look into going the natural route. You may be able to find some great natural air fresheners, or even just essential oils that are much better for your allergies.
3. Clean, Clean, Clean
And then clean some more! Vacuuming and dusting are two of the most important things you can do to help improve your indoor air quality – which in turn, helps you fight those allergies! Buy a vacuum with a HEPA filter and regularly vacuum rugs and carpets. Make sure to dust off all areas of your home, such as cabinets, shelves, furniture, blinds, curtains, lights, chandeliers, air vents, and more. More importantly, make sure you’re keeping the area clean. You can help keep allergens outside by:
- Taking shoes and coats off before entering the home
- Keeping doors and windows closed as much as you can
- Sealing windows and doors that have gaps
4. Keep Your Pets Well-Groomed
Do you have pets that shed? If so, then it could be contributing to your spring allergies more than you think! By regularly grooming and bathing your pet, you’re helping wash away all that dirt and all those allergens that your furry friend carries with them. According to Rover, frequent bathing removes the dander from your pet’s skin and can reduce allergens by as much as 84%!
5. Change Your Air Filter
One of the easiest yet most effective ways to improve your indoor air quality and help your spring allergies is by changing the air filter. Changing your air filter every 1-3 months is so important to improving your indoor air quality. Overtime, your filter gets clogged with dust, dirt, debris and dander and all those pollutants then circulate throughout the home, in the air you breathe.
6. Schedule Duct Cleaning
Consider spring to be a great time to schedule your duct cleaning, especially if it has been a while since your last one! allergens and dust can build up inside your air ducts and circulate irritants throughout your home if not cleaned on the regular. A duct cleaning can help create a healthy, cleaner living environment while reducing allergens. It can help you breathe better, fight those spring allergies and improve air flow efficiency.
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