Summer is for barbecues, swimming pools, and spending plenty of time with friends and family, not for coughing, sneezing, and clearing the nearest grocery store out of all its tissues. Unfortunately, you can’t do much to avoid outdoor allergies unless you take plenty of allergy medication or avoid going outside altogether. You can, however, do a few things to control allergies within your home. That way, you can finally find relief and enjoy the Northbrook, Illinois, summer rather than suffering through it.
Cut allergens off at their source to prevent their spread and be on your way toward building an allergy-proof sanctuary.
Keep Allergens Outside
If your daughter or son has seasonal allergies, budding trees, green grass, seeds, pollen, and other particles are their nemesis. You might not be able to keep those trees from budding or those seeds from riding the wind to your yard, but you can limit their entrance to your home. Start by placing a welcome mat at your front door. Believe it or not, something that simple will catch pollen and other particles before they spread through your home. It also helps remind guests and family members to take their shoes off at the door to contain whatever particles they might have brought in.
Keep an eye on the area around your front door, where allergens can easily float in. Some of those particles might not land on the welcome mat, so you’ll need to sweep or vacuum them quickly before they can spread throughout the rest of the home.
Humidity is one of those aspects of your home that needs to be kept in balance. The right level of humidity keeps your home comfortable and your family healthy, but during the summer, our homes are often too humid, which can result in the growth of mold and mildew. Because these fungi tend to grow in moist, warm areas, do what you can to keep your home ventilated, especially in places that get warm and wet, like your bathroom. To help ventilate your home, consider having us install a ventilator.
If humidity continues to be an issue despite your best efforts, install a whole-home dehumidifier. This piece of HVAC tech works with your air conditioner to draw water vapor out of the air as it passes through the system.
Care for Pets
You knew when you bought a pet that it might affect your allergies. But Fido is a part of the family now, so there’s no way you’re getting rid of him, no matter how much he makes you and the kids sneeze. The good news is there are a few ways to control pet-related allergies.
First, you need to know where those allergies are most likely coming from. We’ve all heard of pet dander, and while many think dander is simply dead skin flakes, it’s more than that. Most dogs and cats have a protein in their saliva that humans are allergic to. When they spread that protein over their fur and the dead skin beneath it, dander becomes a problem.
Start limiting pet allergies by cleaning your pets often. Scrub them down to get that dead skin and saliva out of their fur. If your pets have rolled around in the grass outside, scrub them down as soon as they come in to prevent pollen and other allergens from hitching a ride on your airflow. And as difficult as it might be, you’ll want to keep your pet from licking your skin, which puts you in direct contact with the allergens. Keep pets out of bedrooms and off furniture to give your family some relief and contain the spread of allergens.
Allergies quickly put a damper on anyone’s day, but they don’t have to. You’ll notice that these allergy-proofing methods are habits; they must be repeated constantly to keep your home clean and your family healthy. If you’re looking for more technical ways to improve your indoor air quality, such as with a ventilator, air purifier, or dehumidifier, call Roberts Heating and Cooling at 847-562-5292.
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