If you or someone in your Long Island home suffers from allergies or asthma, there are quite a few things you can do to improve your indoor air quality and reduce flare-ups of symptoms, as well as prevent other respiratory illnesses later on. This room-by-room guide will help you clean up your indoor air and breather easier in your home.
Highly allergenic dust mites love this room, which is a veritable feast of dead skin cells for these microscopic arachnids.
- Wash your bedding weekly in hot water.
- Keep your clothes off the floor.
- Use a portable air cleaner to remove pollutants from your air as you sleep.
- Opt for leather furniture instead of upholstery fabrics when purchasing furniture. This will reduce the amount of dust and number of dust mites inhabiting your couch and chairs.
- Spread gravel over the dirt in your potted plants to reduce the number of mold spores in your living space.
- Avoid using your fireplace or wood stove, which can exacerbate allergy and asthma symptoms.
- Turn on your stove vent while cooking to help remove moisture and chemicals from cooking and cleaning.
- Keep your dishes and countertops clean to prevent pests, such as cockroaches, whose saliva is a potent allergen to some people.
- Use an insect- and rodent-proof trash can for your waste.
- Turn on your exhaust fan while you bathe to remove moisture that can cause mold, as well as chemicals resulting from personal care products.
- Use washable rugs and launder them weekly to prevent mold and mildew growth.
- Remove carpeting, which harbors dust and dust mites, and vacuum at least once a week with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a HEPA filter.
- Keep your windows closed during allergy season and rely on your HVAC system for conditioned air.
- Change your HVAC air filter every month.
- Reduce clutter that gathers dust, which is composed of a number of allergens.
For more expert advice about ways to improve your indoor air quality, please feel free to contact us at T.F. O’Brien Cooling & Heating.
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