If you or your family suffer from allergies, you may not realize that the air and surfaces inside your home are as likely to be at fault as the dust and pollen outside. In this post, and the next, we will discuss ten tips for homeowners to reduce the presence and effects of allergies in their homes.
1) Change Your HVAC Air Filters
Your HVAC system will filter the air inside your home, and reduce the moisture that can lead to the development of mold. For your heater to perform properly, homeowners must make sure to their system's air filter monthly. If it has been a while since you changed your filter, dust and vacuum when you replace it.
2) Brush Pets Before They Come Inside
As the weather cools, dogs and cats are spending more time inside. If you have pets that spend time outdoors and inside, before they come in, brush them on the porch or deck. This will help reduce the amount of fur and dander they shed inside, and the pollen and dust they might carry in their fur.
3) Have Your Home's Surfaces Pressure Washed
When your home's exterior surfaces become grimy with dirt, dust, and mildew, it may do more than reduce curb appeal – dirty surfaces may contribute to allergies. You may help ease the irritants by having surfaces pressure washed, surfaces including:
- Back deck and railings
- Outdoor furniture
- Roofing and siding
- Steps and front porch
- Sidewalks and driveways
4) Dust and Vacuum Daily
Your HVAC system will remove some of the dust and allergens from the air, but ultimately some will settle on surfaces and in your carpets. To improve the air for allergy sufferers, homeowners may need to dust and vacuum as often as daily.
5) Repair or Replace Drafty Windows
If your windows are wearing out, they might release as much as 25% of your home's heating energy into the greater Asheville area. Additionally, drafty windows may allow pollen and moisture to enter your home. Signs your windows need to be repaired or replaced include:
- Dry or worn out weather stripping
- Moisture inside window panes
- Cracked window panes
- Windows will not open or close properly
- Loose or missing caulking
- Noticeable draft
- Increased energy bills
Owning a home gives you and your family the freedom to make decisions regarding what is best for the allergy sufferers under your roof. If you would like more information about how you can own a home in our Asheville neighborhood, contact us.