Spring is here, and this time of year can wreak havoc on allergy sufferers in Eastman, Georgia. While there may be little you can do to limit your allergy symptoms when you’re outdoors, you can reduce the allergens in your bedroom, helping to improve your sleep. Check out these 10 ways to allergy-proof your bedroom:
Clean Your Bedding at Least Once a Week
Your bedding is the perfect breeding ground for dust mites, which can trigger allergy symptoms and irritate your skin and respiratory system. Wash all your bedding at least once a week, and consider investing in dust-mite-proof covers for your mattress and box spring. Make sure you use comforters and pillows with synthetic materials instead of feathers.
Vacuum Your Floors at Least Twice a Week
Vacuum both carpeting and hardwood at least twice a week, using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. If you have area rugs, have them cleaned at least once a month. Shampoo your carpets at least every couple of months. As a result, you’ll prevent allergens from settling in them.
Keep Your Windows Closed
Stop allergens and pollutants from getting into your bedroom by keeping your windows closed. Wipe down any moisture that may occur on the inside of them due to changes in humidity levels. As a result, you’ll help prevent microbial growth.
Dust Your Room Regularly
Dust is one of the most common allergy triggers you’ll find in your bedroom. Dust all your furniture, blinds, curtains and any other surface where dust may accumulate. Keep these surfaces constantly clean to prevent dust from getting into your airways.
Remove All Clutter
Clutter around your room, including knickknacks, books and stuffed animals, can attract dust and other allergens and cause a regular buildup. Remove any items in your bedroom that are unnecessary and can trap dust.
Keep Pets Out of Your Room
While you love your pets and probably enjoy snuggling with them at night, they’re likely to heighten your allergy symptoms. If possible, prevent your pet from sleeping in your room. If you have no better place for them to stay, make them a bed away from yours. Clean the area every other day to remove the buildup of pet hair and dander.
Maintain Proper Humidity Levels
When humidity levels are extremely high, it can create the perfect breeding environment for dust mites and biological growth. You should always make sure the humidity levels in your room are below 50 percent. If you’re having problems maintaining the humidity levels in your room, consider adding a portable dehumidifier or installing a whole-house unit.
Keep Pests Out
Cockroaches, mice and other pests that will try to make their way into your home can leave behind hair, feces and bacteria, which can cause major problems for those who suffer from allergies. Properly seal all holes in the walls, cracks, and gaps around windows to keep pests out. If you’ve noticed an increase of pests in your home, contact an exterminator to eliminate the population.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system can help keep your bedroom at a comfortable temperature. But, when poorly maintained, it can release a buildup of dust, dirt, dander, allergens and pollutants into your indoor air supply through the ductwork in your home. Scheduling HVAC maintenance will help keep your system cleaned, ensure good airflow and improve the indoor air quality of your bedroom. As a result, you’ll breathe and sleep better.
Install an Air Purifier
If your allergy symptoms are still acting up, or you’re suffering from respiratory problems more often than normal, consider investing in an in-home air purifier. The air purifier will use a highly rated filter to trap allergens and pollutants before they get into the air in your home.
Don’t let your allergies keep you from a good night’s sleep. Follow the tips above to allergy-proof your bedroom. Contact Pruett Air Conditioning at 478-298-4115 today to schedule your HVAC maintenance with one of our trusted service technicians.
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