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Last updated Nov. 20, 2016
Air cooling systems are imperative in the home. They help to cool our living space and provide for our comfort. They are also extremely helpful when it comes to keeping our air clean and refreshing. For this reason, they are perfect for people with allergy problems. It is hard to deal with allergy flare-ups. These flare-ups make us feel sick, groggy, and miserable. Most allergies that affect people are the direct result of airborne allergens. Anything that causes an allergic reaction is called an allergen.
Statistics prove that airborne allergens affect 30% of adults and 40% of children worldwide. Knowing this, how do you cut down on the airborne allergens plaguing your family home? The air we breathe is precious and even more so when allergies and asthma are involved. Here is a list of tips to try to help clean up the air in your home and in turn, give your allergies a little more breathing room.
Clean on a Regular Basis
Dust: Cleaning your home on a regular basis cuts down on dust. Indoor allergens love dust! It is carried through the air to settle on furniture, floors, window treatments, and other surfaces in the home. Realistically, it is impossible to get your home 100% allergy-free but regular cleaning can reduce these airborne allergens from the air of your home.
Tip: To clean away the dust use a damp cloth, not a dry one. Why? Because a dry cloth or duster can kick the dust up into the air to settle somewhere else once it lands again. Instead, clean it away with a slightly damp rag. The damp rag with clean the dirt away. Also, while you are cleaning, put away the clutter as it attracts a lot of dust!
Allergens live in our carpets. Dust settles on our floors as well as other bits of debris. Cleaning your carpets every week helps to cut down on this dirt which will help to clean the air of your home. For a deeper clean, vacuum slowly. The slower you run the vacuum over a certain area of your floor, the deeper it will clean. For an added benefit purchase a vacuum with a HEPA filter that will trap the dust as you vacuum so it cannot fly up into the air and become airborne once again.
We would never suggest getting rid of Fido; however, it is a good idea to wash your pets once a week to cut down on the pet dander allergen count in your home. Also, vacuum frequently as pet hair and dander will get caught in the carpets to aggravate allergies. If you have severe pet allergies but love your fur babies, designate a separate place for them to sleep instead of letting them snooze on your bed.
Who knew that we could actually be allergic to the cleanser that is being used to reduce our allergens? Sounds crazy but it's true. Store bought cleansers can contain harsh chemicals that can actually create more of a problem than the dust ever could! Instead why not try mixing up your own cleaning sprays? It is cheaper and healthier for the air in your home; not to mention, it will clean just as good as those store-bought varieties. Natural cleaners are vinegar, lemon, and baking soda.
Air Ducts and Coolers
We cannot stress this one enough. Your home's air ducts should be professionally cleaned at least once a year to help keep your air clean and fresh. Allergens live in the air ducts. Leaves, insects, and debris get in and the pollutants build up and then get blown into your air. Having your air ducts serviced will clean out all of this gunk leaving you with cleaner air to breathe.
Air coolers are a wonderful addition to help you cut down on allergies, especially if you live in a very dry and hot climate. In these climates, the air can dry your nasal cavities, making it hard to guard against airborne allergens. Air coolers will provide a gently moistened air that continually circulates and refreshes itself. It does not work the same as air conditioners that will redistribute the same air over and over again. Air coolers continually pull in air and circulate fresh air all throughout the day.
Using these wonderful tips will help you to clean the air in your home and reduce those bothersome allergens that make your life miserable. Clean air is crucial to our health and happiness. Clean the air in your home and watch the difference it makes to you and your loved ones. Happy breathing!
If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be happy to help you.