Allergies can throw a monkey wrench into anyone’s schedule. Don’t let sensitivities to dust, biological growth and other allergens disrupt your routine. Keep sniffles, coughs and headaches at bay with these tips for improving indoor air quality in your Gallatin, TN, home.
Keep it Clean
Regular, thorough cleaning reduces or eliminates dust, biological growth and other irritants. Dust your air vents before wiping down furniture, and go over floors with a HEPA filter-containing vacuum cleaner at least once a week. Reducing clutter can help cut the amount of dust that accumulates in the first place. Put any remaining pet food away at night, and never go to bed with dishes in the sink. Clean any food particles or debris from counters, floors and appliances daily to avoid luring allergy-triggering pests into your home. Wash bedding and towels in the hottest water possible to get rid of dust mites; anti-allergen bedding can also help.
No matter how clean your home and linens are, moisture can wreak havoc on your health. Keep dampness at a minimum to lower the risk of biological growth. Inspect pipes for leaks, and install a dehumidifier if necessary. If you don’t have exhaust fans in your bathrooms and above your stove, consider installing them in these moisture-attracting rooms. Wipe down the tub or shower with a bath towel after each use. Wipe down your refrigerator often, as condensation tends to occur from worn gaskets, a malfunctioning defroster or putting warm food directly into the fridge. Get to the root of the problem by inspecting your refrigerator for biological growth and corrosion.
Create Green Spaces
Cutting moisture isn’t just about cleaning and making repairs. Some plants act as indoor air cleaners while beautifying your home. Biological growth can develop in the soil of Bonsai trees, African violets and certain other types, but placing gravel on top of the dirt and avoiding overwatering are easy fixes. Peace lilies, on the other hand, remove harmful toxins from the air. Spider plants are also perfect for people with allergies or asthma.
These changes can make your indoor air cleaner, but you may need a longer-term solution. An efficient heating and cooling system can improve indoor air quality as well. Keep your HVAC system in top condition by changing filters monthly and scheduling routine maintenance. Call Derryberry’s Heat & Air today for more information or to schedule an inspection.