If your loved ones are struggling with allergy problems, it might be due to the air quality inside your home. Here are some ways to improve your home's air quality in order to reduce allergies and other illnesses.
Clean the Floors Regularly
One of the areas of your home that gathers the most dust and allergens is your floor. You need to keep all floors in your home as clean as possible, from carpeting and rugs to tile and hardwood floors. Make sure you are sweeping the floors regularly to reduce dust, debris, and allergens. Also use your vacuum to start sucking up some of those allergens. Find a vacuum that has a high efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filter, as it will pick up more allergens to increase the quality of your home's air supply. Vacuum and clean areas that tend to get overlooked, such as the edges of walls and corners.
Increase Your Ventilation
In addition to keeping the indoor pollutants from entering your home's air supply, you should also try to get more fresh, clean air coming indoors. The best way to do this is by increasing your ventilation. Start with simple solutions, such as keeping your windows open and opening doors if you have door screens. If you have a window air conditioner instead of central air, it will also bring in some fresh air from outside. Another way to increase fresh air is to open up vents and run attic fans. If you have vents and fans in your kitchen and bathroom, try to keep them open as much as possible.
Never Smoke Inside
Smoking indoors not only makes it smell and causes that odour to stick to just about everything, but it also decreases the quality of air in your home. You should stop smoking inside altogether, even if you're smoking near a window. Set up a space outside, whether on a balcony or patio, where people in your household can smoke. Keep it away from the windows or open doors of your home. Secondhand smoke can harm people nearly as much as what the smoker is doing to themselves, so keep it outside and away from others.
Use an Air Cleaner
If you get an air quality test and they mention your air quality is still low, consider using an air cleaner. There are a variety of different styles and types, including those that are meant to get rid of smoke, while others get rid of dust, dander, and mold pollutants that have entered the air inside your home. Some of the models are portable and easy to move to other rooms, while others are placed in one central location to clean the air of the entire home.
It is recommended that you have an air quality consulting company come to your home and test the air. They can let you know the current air quality and give more recommendations for improving it.