Summer weather is here in Michigan, and with all the benefits of warm weather comes one significant downside: allergies. If you’re concerned about summertime allergy symptoms in the months ahead, take these five simple steps to allergy-proof your home.
- Upgrade your air filters: The filters in your furnace and air conditioner are a major line of defense against allergens. Unfortunately, the cheap fiberglass filters many homeowners use don’t do a very good job. Upgrading to filters with a MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) score of 9 or greater ensures helps you eliminate not only dust, but also smaller particles like mold spores, pollen and pet dander.
- Eliminate bathroom mold: Bathrooms are prone a lot of excess moisture, which can make them hotbeds of mold growth. Eliminate moisture by running a vent fan during and for a few minutes after showering. If you find mold growing in your bathroom, you can remove it by scrubbing with a solution of bleach and water.
- Keep the air moving: Maintaining good airflow in your home reduces dust and prevents mold. You can help airflow by running a ceiling fan, maintaining a gap between your walls and furniture and making sure your air vents are not blocked. It also helps to open windows on days when the pollen count is not too high.
- Eliminate clutter: Keeping your home neat is one of the best things you can do to reduce household dust and dust mites. It also helps to maintain a regular vacuuming routine, and to wash bedding on 130-degree water once a week.
- Have your ducts cleaned and sealed: Air ducts can accumulate a significant buildup of dust and other particles over the course of a year, and these particles can easily be blown into your home. Duct cleaning eliminates this problem, and having your ductwork sealed will eliminate the cracks and gaps that allow allergens to enter your air supply.
To learn more about ways you can allergy-proof your home this summer, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We’ve been serving Grand Traverse County and the surrounding area for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about allergy-proofing your home and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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