7 Tips to Reduce Allergens in the Home

Once again, it’s allergy season in Virginia, and it’s brutal here in central Virginia! Many of us pay dearly for the beautiful trees, flowers, and plants that grace this part of the country, and those in Richmond aren’t necessarily spared. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Richmond ranks as the second most challenging city to live in with asthma.

Richmond Is Full of Nature & Everything that Comes with it….

Another report ranked Richmond as the 8th most challenging city for someone with allergy issues to live in. Richmond has more to offer nature lovers than most cities, but this comes at a price for those with allergy problems.

Taken another way, Richmond is full of nature! For those without allergy issues, stop reading this blog and go enjoy Belle Isle, the James River, Maymont, the Carillon, Brown’s Island, the Buttermilk Trail, and everything else our beautiful city has to offer. For those suffering and looking for relief, we’ve put together a brief list of ways to reduce allergens in the home.

1. Change the Filters in Your HVAC System

One very simple thing you can do to reduce allergens in your home is change the intake filter for your HVAC system. Particles, dust, and pollen get trapped by the filter as air circulates, so you want this system functioning as efficiently and effectively as possible during allergy season.

2. Install a Central Vacuum System

Multiple studies have proven Central Vacuum Systems are superior to regular vacuums at removing allergens from the home. Normal vacuums vent air directly back into the house, recirculating particles back into your environment. Central vacuums vent air out of the home, which is the main reason these systems help to reduce allergens.

3. Install an Indoor Air System

Today, it’s possible to purchase an air purifying system that traps and kills bacteria, viruses, mold spores, allergens and other pollutants. Keep particles out of the air your family breathes, and give yourself a bit of comfort and relief in your own home.

4. Keep windows Closed During Allergy Season

Is there anything better than 72 Degrees and a slight breeze? We understand, it’s tempting to open all the windows and enjoy the fresh air. You can’t fall to the temptation though. One of the best ways to prevent allergens from entering your home is to keep the windows closed.

Woman with allergy symptom blowing her nose

Woman with allergy symptom blowing her nose

5. Change Your Clothes and Take a Shower Directly After Work

If you’ve seen a car completely covered in pollen, you know that the stuff sticks to everything. During the height of pollen season, take a shower and change your clothes as soon as you come home from work. This will help prevent you from spreading pollen and other particles all over the house.

6. Protect Your Bedding from Allergens

It’s a good practice to wash sheets on a weekly basis to keep them clean of allergens. Another strategy is to cover all of your bedding items in dust mite-poof covers. If a family member has trouble with feathered pillows, you may want to consider replacing those with synthetic material.

7. Replace Carpet with Hardwood Floors

Carpet is out anyway. It’s easier to clean a nice slick floor than one covered in thick carpeting. Hardwood floors are beautiful, and the National Association of REALTORS® found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood flooring.

Clean Away the Allergens

Cleaning your house to remove allergens is a good strategy, but be sure to wear a mask when dealing with dust or pollen. Reach out to a doctor if these tips aren’t enough to help. Contact Moseley Electronics if you’re interested in learning more about the installation of a central vacuum system.