Saturday, 02 December 2017 11:02

Ten Important Steps for Homeowners to Ease Allergies Part 2

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In our previous post, we discussed tips for how homeowners can ease the effects of pollen and allergens in their homes. Fall is often as bad as spring for allergy sufferers in Asheville, NC; however, there are a number of steps homeowners can take to make their homes a safer place for family members allergic to pollen, dust, and pet dander. The first five steps, included:

 

  1. Change Your HVAC Air Filters
  2. Brush Pets Before They Come Inside
  3. Have Your Home's Surfaces Pressure Washed
  4. Dust and Vacuum Daily
  5. Repair or Replace Drafty Windows

In this article, we will continue our list, with five more keys to helping allergy sufferers in your home.

6) Replace Carpets with Hardwood or Laminate Flooring

Carpet will trap pollen and dust, even if homeowners vacuum frequently. If you own your home, consider replacing carpet with hardwood or laminate flooring.

7) Check Your Home for Signs of Mold

Mold allergies create symptoms similar to pollen and pet dander, such as sneezing, a runny nose, itchy eyes, and coughing. However, its long-term effects can be more detrimental. Mold tends to hide in dark and damp places, including:

  • Underneath sinks
  • Underneath kitchen appliances
  • In crawlspaces and basements
  • Inside attics
  • Window sills
  • Around showers

If you find mold, make sure you contact a professional. Homeowners should not attempt to remove mold on their own.

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8) Correct the Source of Mold

Mold develops where moisture is in excess. If you suspect you have mold, or moisture collecting in your home, make sure you correct the source. Sources of moisture include:

  • High humidity
  • Leaking pipes
  • Leaking plumbing appliances
  • Poor ventilation
  • Poor outdoor drainage
  • Old water damage
  • Leaking roofing

If you have sources of moisture, make sure you have them corrected before mold develops. Mold can form within 48 hours of the occurrence of water damage.

9) Bag and Remove Leaves from Yard

Loose leaves or outdoor piles can be conducive for collecting moisture in which mold and mildew can develop. If you have allergy sufferers that spend time outside your home, bag and remove fallen leaves.

10) Make Sure Your HVAC System is Working Properly

In additional to changing air filters regularly, have a professional examine your HVAC system to make sure it is in proper working order. Your heating and air conditioning will both purify and dehumidify your home's air.

Arden is a great place to live, and worth suffering through allergies for its residents. Our neighborhood offers affordable homeownership for families and people who want to stop renting and start building equity. Contact us for more information.