Summer is here, and with that comes allergies so pay attention now to your indoor air quality. It’s simple enough to avoid outdoors allergens if you know what to look out for, but indoor allergens can cause just as many problems. We at Minnesota Heating & Air Conditioning are working to help rid your homes of allergens with our filters, supplying your home with clean air. However, there’s more to a fresh, clean home rid of allergens than just the air filter. Allergens can hide in a multitude of places, but there are some simple ways to combat them.
Believe it or not, but there are some kinds of house plants that can filter allergens from the air and provide you with a cleaner breathing area. Some even add humidity to dryer areas, making for an even better air quality in your home.
Palms – Certain kinds of palm plants, the Areca Palm being the most popular, are known for humidifying the air and helping up the quality of your home’s atmosphere. A mildly humid home has less free-floating allergens in the air itself. Other palms act as an air filter as well, adding even better air quality to the mix. Be sure to check the kinds of palms that you’re looking at buying, as not all of them have this added quality.
Dracaena – These plants are great as they tend to specifically target allergens in the air.
Mums – Mums are a lovely flower known for filtering allergens from the air.
Peace Lilies, Philodendron and Gerbera Daisies are also known allergen fighters.
However, it is wise to check the kinds of plants that you’re allergic to first, before adding some to your home. If you’re allergic to latex, for example, then having any kinds of fig plants in your home would be detrimental to your health.
A THOROUGH CLEANING
Dust mites, mold, and pollen allergens (usually carried in from outside) can hide in your furniture, carpets, and window coverings. A lot of the time, you don’t even realize they’re there, which can cause problems as you can’t see the initial problem. A good Spring-Cleaning is one way to initially remove the allergens from your home, and simple upkeep on specific areas will keep the air clean. Here are a few tips to keeping your home allergen free once the first thorough cleaning has been done.
Dusting: Dust gathers easily on top of furniture, especially tall shelves and armoires. Dust the furniture with a damp cloth at least once a week. You can use cleaning products to do so, but be sure to use products that are safe for your kinds of materials. Don’t forget to clean the tops of your fan blades as well, as a dirty, rotating fan is merely spreading more dust around your house.
Carpets: Vacuum at least once a week (more if you feel it is needed). Make sure your vacuum’s filter is clean and functioning. A high-efficiency particulate air filter is great for ridding your home as allergens, as its primary function is to remove dust particulates from the carpet, as well as larger objects. If you have an indoor pet, be sure that your vacuum can handle any fur that may be embedded in the carpet as well.
Bedding: You’ll want to wash your sheets and bedding at least once a week. Dust mites and other allergens are notorious for hiding in fabric, and your bedding is prime real estate. Washing your pillow about once a month is recommended as well, for any pesky mites that may have gotten under the pillow case.
Hard Floors: Be sure to sweep daily and mop at least once a week. Deep clean the floors monthly to keep anything from growing in the dark, hidden corners. Hard floors, such as wood, vinyl and tile don’t attract dust mites as easily as carpet, but they can still cause issues in spreading allergens around.
CHANGE YOUR FILTERS
Changing your air filters regularly is probably the number one way to combat allergens in your home. With your air forever circulating through your HVAC system, a clean, functioning air filter is the main barrier between you and any allergens. Generally, an air filter needs to be changed once a month.
If you have any questions regarding air filters, or fighting allergens in your home, feel free to contact us here at Minnesota Heating & Air Conditioning. We’d love to answer any queries you may have.