4 Ways to Reduce Indoor Allergens


Allergens are a problem for millions of Americans ranging from dust mites to pet dander to plant pollen. Those with asthma may find it more prudent to take steps to reduce the allergens in their home. Here are some tips that can help improve the air quality in your home.

Air Filters

Inside the HVAC air filter housing, you can put some high-end air filters that provide maximum allergen filtration. The air passes through the filters on its way through the unit to be cooled or warmed again. The filters trap a certain number of airborne particles including mold spores, dust, pollen, bacteria and viruses. Regularly changing the filters can help keep clean air circulating.

Avoid Carpet

Carpet tends to collect all sorts of allergens in the fibers. While you can regularly vacuum the floor, some of the particles stay trapped. Even regular vacuuming can inadvertently lead to dust moving into the air due to dirty vacuum filters. If you do have carpet, consider having it cleaned regularly by a company specializing in allergen removal.

Limit Chemicals

Many people who suffer from allergies also have issues with many types of chemicals. Where you can, limit the types of chemicals you use to clean the home. This includes spraying for insects and keeping cockroaches away. By keeping out pests you limit allergens but using chemicals can also irritate. Boric acid and traps are effective ways to limit the number of insects in the home without unwanted chemicals.

Reduce Clutter

Clutter allows dust and other irritants to accumulate. The less clutter in your home, the easier it is to keep things clean. A clean home has fewer allergens that can trigger a reaction. Focus especially on keeping the bedrooms clutter-free. Since we spend most of our time in our home sleeping, the bedroom should be a priority for allergy sufferers.