Allergies are the source of many headaches (often literally). Many people think that staying indoors with a functioning HVAC system is typically enough to stave off allergens and allergies. An HVAC system’s filters pull out common allergens, such as dust or dander, from the air before circulating it in the home. As a result, you’re generally breathing clean, allergen-free air.

However, those contaminants buildup on your filters and in your vents. Eventually, your HVAC system will struggle to filter your air, and your allergies will begin to flare up. Fortunately, you don’t have to trudge through your allergies, as there are ways to get rid of those allergens. Here are some ways to do that.

Controlling Dust Mites

The trick to controlling dust mites is getting rid of clutter. The more cluttered your room is, the more space there is for the dust to settle. The ideal room for warding off dust mites is a room with bare walls and floors. Heavy drapes and excess carpeting are a recipe for dust mites. If you do have either, make sure carpets and drapes are cleanable.

Regularly Vacuuming

Regularly vacuuming your home (twice a week) complements your furniture choices and cleaning in warding off dust. Vacuuming will significantly reduce the presence of allergens in your home.

However, there are some measures you should take before you start cleaning. Firstly, make sure your vacuum cleaner isn’t poorly made, as these can spread dust around. Secondly, wear a mask while cleaning to make sure you don’t trigger any allergies while cleaning. Lastly, use a piece of cloth for dusting. If you want to avoid this hassle, you can get a cleaning service to deep clean your home.

Controlling Pet Dander

A Scottish Fold kitten leaning out of a basket

People with allergies to dander are advised not to keep pets (or at least not interact with them as much). Dander refers to small scales from an animal’s skin, feathers, or fur that can cause an allergic response. If you have a pet, you can do a few things to minimize your exposure to its dander. Wash their toys and sleeping spots often, and keep them out of your bedroom.

Clean Your HVAC System

As mentioned in the introduction, a functioning HVAC system will keep the air in your home clean and allergen-free. However, over time, allergens and other contaminants can accumulate on your system’s filters and in the air ducts. The result is that allergens may begin circulating within your home.

The remedy to that problem is improving indoor air quality by cleaning your air ducts and HVAC system. Besides getting rid of allergens, this will lower your utility bills. If you’re looking for air duct cleaning and indoor air quality improvement services in Wake Forest, NC, contact us at A.C. Harris Total Home Care Service.