3 Quick Tips To Allergy-Proof Your Home

indoor allergiesThe Los Angeles area’s rainy falls and winters are especially hard if you’re dealing with allergies, but by taking steps to allergy-proof your home, you can make the season a lot more comfortable.

  1. Clean carefully – Once a week, dust with a microfiber cloth and clean your floors with a microfiber mop or a vacuum fit with a HEPA filter. These pick up allergens rather than just spreading them around. Keep your surfaces clear for easier dusting. Consider removing curtains and carpets, and using blinds and hard flooring instead. Use dust-mite-proof covers on your mattress and pillows, and wash your bedding in 130-degree water weekly. Remember you don’t have to change your habits all at once. Following even one of these tips will help allergy-proof your home.
  2. Watch your humidity – Indoor humidity higher than 50 percent encourages the growth of mold spores and dust mites. Because high humidity is common around Los Angeles, keep an eye on your home’s moisture levels by hanging a hygrometer on your wall. To keep your indoor humidity down, use your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans correctly and repair any dripping faucets or leaky pipes. Always keep your pans covered while you’re cooking. If your humidity is still too high, try taking shorter, cooler showers and placing your house plants in one room. If that doesn’t help, you might benefit from a whole-house dehumidifier.
  3. Upgrade your air filter – For most households, an air conditioner filter with a MERV between 5 and 8 is perfectly fine. When you have allergies, though, you want a filter that captures even the smallest particles of pet dander, pollen, mold, and other allergens. For this, choose a filter with a MERV between 10 and 12. These are usually pleated, synthetic-fiber filters, not the standard flat fiberglass models. Change the filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendations to keep your air clean and to avoid airflow issues that could damage your HVAC system.

For more ways to allergy-proof your home, contact us at Reliance Home Services in the Los Angeles area.