The air inside of your home may have more pollutants than the air outside. That is why you may notice that your allergies get worse when you are indoors. Fortunately, there are several things that you can do in order to improve indoor air quality.
Vacuum at Least Once a Week
Vacuuming at least once a week will help keep pollen and other allergens at bay. However, it is important for you to buy a good-quality vacuum cleaner. A low-quality vacuum cleaner will put more dust into the air. The best vacuum cleaners to buy are the ones that have a HEPA filter.
You will also need to keep the rugs clean. Vacuum them or take them outside and clean them. Carpet and rugs can trap a lot of particles in their fibers.
Control the Mold
Mold is something else that can trigger allergies and lead to poor indoor air quality. It requires water in order to grow. Condensation, excess humidity and water damage can cause mold. There are certain types of mold that can cause health problems. For example, black mold can produce a toxin that can cause respiratory issues.
Keeping your home clean is one of the keys to controlling mold. You will also need to keep the humidity level in your home between 30 and 50 percent. If the humidity level is too high, then you should use a dehumidifier.
Keep the Windows Closed
It is best for you to keep the windows closed during times when the pollen count is high. Turn on the air conditioner if necessary, but if you have any pollen sensitivities, then it’s important that you keep your home closed off when there is high concentrations of pollen in the air. Otherwise, it will settle in your home and continue to cause respiratory problems over and over as it gets disturbed throughout the season.
Clean Out Your Air Ducts
Dust, dander, and pollen can collect in your air ducts if you leave them without cleaning for too long. If you have serious allergies or asthma, then you should work with a local air conditioning contractor to get yearly duct cleanings. The more often you do it, the less intrusive it will be to have the ducts pumped clean. However, if you don’t have anyone with allergies or asthma in your household, you can probably get away with doing it once every two years without serious consequences to your respiratory health.
Pollen and poor indoor air quality are not something that you have to deal with. You can improve the indoor air quality by vacuuming on a regular basis. You will also need to control the mold. You should keep the windows closed when the pollen count is high. Additionally, there are plants that you can use to purify the air.