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Banish These Three Allergy Triggers From Your Home

Pollen floating in the air

The three most common home allergy triggers are dust, dander, and pollen. To banish these pervasive triggers, consider the following steps:

Replace Your Furnace Filter

Most indoor allergens are airborne, which means they also circulate through your ventilation system. Replace your furnace filter every 30 days to reduce household pollutants. To increase effectiveness, upgrade to a filter with a higher MERV rating -- that’s the minimum efficiency reporting value. Filters with a MERV of 5 or higher will catch mold spores and other imperceptible irritants. They’re a step above the cheap replacement filters that you can buy by the pack at any hardware store.

It's also a good idea to have your ducts professionally cleaned every few years.

Adopt a No-Shoes Policy

There’s no sense tracking dirt from outside into your house. The detritus on the soles of your shoes often contain pollen and other sneeze-inducers. Leave shoes at the entrances.

Vacuum Regularly

Frequent vacuuming helps remove allergens that can get trapped in your home's carpet. Use a vacuum that has HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to prevent allergens from being released back into the air. Hardwood floors should be cleaned with a dry mop that traps particulates on the pad.

Use an Air Purifier

Most air purifiers include a HEPA filter to remove allergens. The best purifiers remove nearly 100 percent of dust, dander, pollen, mold spores and other things that irritate your eyes and make you sneeze. If you want a purifier that will neutralize nasty odors, find a model with a deep-bed activated carbon filter.

Install Air Quality Systems

A professional air quality specialist at Hedrick's Service Now can install equipment to improve your home's air quality. We offer air purification systems for both individual rooms and your whole home. We'll review your needs and recommend a system to help you breathe healthier. To schedule an appointment call (214) 509-6029.
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