10 Ways to Purify Your Home’s Air for Allergy Season

by Matty ByloosMarch 18, 2016

How to Clean the Air in Your Home to Improve Allergies

If you’re anything like a small majority of Americans, then you may suffer from slight difficulty breathing, a condition that could be make worse due to the changing seasons. With the onset of spring, the blooming flowers and trees will produce tons of extra pollen that could make difficulties even worse.

Whether you realize it or not, your home may be contributing to this difficulty. Homes can become repositories of allergens and other substances that can make it hard to catch your breath. Read on for ten easy ways to up your indoor air quality, so you can find some extra relief this allergy season.
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  1. Adequately Ventilate Your Home

    Poor ventilation, especially in parts of the home that generate moisture, can lead to mold growth problems. Molds can release toxic spores into your interior environment, which, even if they don’t make harder for you to breathe (like the do most people), may be poisoning you in other ways.

    Because of this, make sure that your kitchen and bathroom are adequately ventilated so they can discharge any moisture that accumulates during cooking, washing dishes, or showering.

  2. Repair any Leaks

    Likewise, having leaky windows, a slight leak in the roof, or a poorly sealed basement can add to mold growing inside walls and ceilings. Even if you can’t see the mold, it can still be releasing spores that end up compromising your indoor air quality.

  3. Weatherize

    If your windows fog up in the winter, then you could do a better job of weatherizing your home. Like the leaks above that can let in water, poorly insulated homes can produce moisture through condensation that can lead to mold growth.

  4. Change Your Bedding

    Microscopic dust mites (which don’t eat dust by the way, they eat dead skin cells), could be living and multiplying and (sorry) producing waste material in your bedding. Change and wash your bedding frequently to remove this invisible pollutant from your indoor environment.

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  1. Maintain Your Vacuum

    Keep your vacuum healthy and supplied with new bags and filters so that it can remove the dust and other detritus from your floors as it was designed to do.

  2. Electrostatic Dusting

    Electrostatic dusters can help keep dusting from simply kicking grime from the flat surfaces in your home back into the air that you breathe.

  3. Keep Your Pets Healthy

    People aren’t allergic to cats and dogs; they’re allergic to the dander that cats and dogs shed. Keep in mind that a poorly fed, unhealthy pet sheds much more dander, potentially compromising your air quality even further.

  4. Maximize Your Plant Presence

    Plants breathe just like you do; they also filter the air we breathe out into your environment. The more plants you have in the home, the cleaner your air in the home.

  5. Clean Your Heater/Air Conditioner/Swamp Cooler & Replace Filters

    Mold, dirt, and other foreign bodies can accumulate inside the filters and interior bodies of your AC unit, your furnace, and (especially) your swamp cooler or humidifier. Make sure to stay on top of changing filters and your recommended cleaning schedule. Your units will last longer and you’ll have better air to breathe as a side benefit.

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  1. Consider an Air Purifier With Your Humidifier

    Lastly, if the following suggestions are impractical or just not enough to get you the air quality you want or need, consider purchasing an air purifier in addition to a humidifier, which will keep the balance of moisture just right inside the home. Keep in mind though, the best air purifier only works as well and as long as it is supposed to, when it’s properly maintained.

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About The Author
Matty Byloos
Matty is the Content Marketing Specialist for Homes.com. He's a newly minted homeowner who currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife. When he's not working, he enjoys writing fiction, working on the house, and enjoying the amazing nature that the city has to offer. He is also the founder of NOVEL Creative Agency.