Pollen Allergy? Here's How To Make Sure Your Home Is An Allergen-Free Safe Haven
Pollen allergies can be a real pain in the springtime. Every time you step outside, your eyes start running and you begin sneezing. Sadly, it only takes a little pollen to turn your home into an allergy zone, too! Your home should not be a place where you feel itchy and miserable. Follow these steps to keep the pollen outside so your home remains an allergy-free safe haven.
Clean your ducts.
This should be the first step you take in ridding your home with pollen. If there's pollen in your ducts, all of your other cleanup work will be for naught as soon as you turn on the air conditioning or heat -- the air will blow pollen back through your home. Most HVAC companies offer duct cleaning. Depending on the size of your home, you can expect to pay between $300 and $500 for this service. Make sure you hire a company that uses outdoor vented equipment. This way, you can be sure that any pollen -- and other debris that is removed from your ducts -- is discharged outside of your home.
Dust and vacuum thoroughly.
After your ducts have been cleaned, go through your home and thoroughly dust every surface. Then, wait an hour or two. This gives any dust that has been kicked up into the air time to settle. It will land on your carpet, and you can vacuum it up. When vacuuming, make sure you go over every area at least twice so you suck up as much pollen as possible. Dispose of the bag outside after vacuuming so that the pollen does not get redistributed through the home.
Leave shoes outside.
Now that your ducts have been cleaned and your home has been dusted and vacuumed, it's time to make sure you don't bring in any more pollen. Get into the habit of leaving your shoes outside so you don't track any pollen in. If you have nice shoes that you want to bring inside, wipe the soles down with a cleaning wipe before bringing them in.
Keep the windows closed.
A breeze through the window might feel nice -- but only until you start sneezing. Keep your windows closed, and if you need some ventilation or cooling, turn on your air conditioning or even just the HVAC system fan. Now that your ducts are clean, you know this is a good source of pollen-free air.
For more information, contact a duct cleaning service in your area.