4 Ways To Limit Indoor Allergens

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Indoor allergens are a blight affecting the health and comfort of millions nationwide. Here at Bloomington Heating & Air, we are committed to ensuring homeowners and their families can be comfortable in their homes. Accordingly, we’ve compiled a list of tips designed to help families reduce indoor allergens in their homes. Read on to discover four easy ways to limit indoor allergens!

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Replace Your Air Filter

One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce indoor allergens is by remembering to replace your HVAC system’s air filters regularly. Your HVAC system’s air filters are responsible for cleansing your home’s air of pollen, pet dander, smoke, bacteria, dust, and other indoor allergens. However, older air filters can become clogged and inefficient. Replacing your air filters before they get clogged and dirty can help reduce indoor allergens around your home. Generally, most HVAC companies and technicians recommend swapping your air filters at least every 90 days. However, if you have a pet, consider replacing your air filters every 60 days or every 20-45 days if you have more than one pet.

Dust & Vacuum

Dust, pollen, and pet dander are the most common allergens found around homes. The best way to eliminate these allergens is by dusting and vacuuming around your home. Keep in mind you should always dust before you vacuum. When dusting, always clean from top to bottom to avoid spreading dust in areas you’ve already cleaned. Additionally, when vacuuming, give extra attention to carpets and area rugs. 

Change Your Bedding 

Dust mites are an incredibly common indoor allergen found in pillows, bedsheets, blankets, and other fabrics. To help keep dust mites at bay, it’s recommended that homeowners wash their bedding in warm water at least once a week. Additionally, homeowners can encase their mattresses, pillows, and box springs in allergen-proof covers. 

Monitor Humidity Levels

During the winter months, the air is considerably drier. Because of this, many homeowners use humidifiers to help keep their indoor humidity comfortable. However, homeowners who aren’t monitoring indoor humidity levels could inadvertently create allergens such as mold and dust mites. The CDC recommends using a humidity meter and keeping indoor humidity levels below 50%.

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