The Importance Of Removing Allergy Triggers From Your Home

dust mitesEven in the Los Angeles area’s balmy climate, chances are you still spend enough time indoors that allergy triggers in your home will have a noticeable impact on your health. By getting rid of these air contaminants, you’ll save yourself a lot of discomfort and possibly avoid future health problems.

Protect Your Long-Term Health

Once you develop an allergy to a substance such as pollen, mold spores or pet dander, repeated exposure to your allergy triggers can worsen your allergies. The mild symptoms you have early on can eventually turn into full-blown reactions complete with coughing, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. This can happen even if you take allergy medication to manage your symptoms. With your immune and respiratory systems chronically stressed, you’re more susceptible to sinus and upper respiratory infections. At worst, frequent exposure to allergens can cause persistent inflammation and even tissue damage.

Because allergy symptoms interfere with sleep, they can cause a whole cascade of related problems, such as fatigue, mood disturbances, and trouble concentrating.

Enjoy Clean, Invigorating Indoor Air

With a few strategic improvements, you can get rid of most of the allergens in your home. The most critical step is to upgrade to an HVAC air filter with a MERV of 10 to 12. These higher-efficiency filters trap the tiny contaminant particles less efficient filters miss. Consider using a portable air cleaner in your bedroom to provide fresh air while you sleep. If you want cleaner air throughout your home, a whole-house air cleaner installed inside your HVAC system can provide it.

To freshen your indoor air, run your A/C on “fan only” mode, rather than opening your window and letting in smog, pollen, and mold spores.

Diligent cleaning helps, too. Every week, dust with a microfiber cloth and clean your floors and soft furniture with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA-filter. To keep allergens out of your bedding, use allergy-proof covers on your mattress and pillows.