Don’t Let Winter Allergens Taint the Indoor Air of Your Colorado Home
When the sun starts setting earlier and the temperature starts to cool down, that means that cold weather is right around the corner. While many people in warm climates are likely welcoming the change, people that suffer from winter allergies may not be looking forward to the cold season so much. If you’re one of those sufferers, use this guide to help you avoid winter allergens, at least inside your home.
- Make sure you change the filter in your heating and air conditioning system as frequently as recommended by the manufacturer. In most cases, this is every 60 to 90 days, but check your owner’s manual or ask your HVAC professional if you aren’t sure. Use high-efficiency filters whenever possible. They cost more in the short-term, but they trap more dust particles and debris that might otherwise get into your air.
- Launder your linens in very hot water. Ideally, you want to be using water that is at least 130 degrees in order to kill dust mites. On newer laundry machines, using the sanitize setting is often your best bet for keeping allergies under control and killing dust mites.
- Wash your hands frequently, especially when you go from outdoors into your home. You’re going to be tracking all sorts of things like pollen and dust mites into your home, which could end up on your pillow and in your bed if you’re not careful. Make a habit of washing your hands each time you come inside. You might consider showering before you get into your bed, too.
- Have your carpets cleaned with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) vacuum. You can purchase a HEPA vacuum on your own, but a professional carpet cleaning service may be better if you have severe allergies. You should be doing this a few times a year if you suffer from severe allergies.
Contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning for more tips on dealing with winter allergies. We proudly serve Fort Collins and the surrounding areas.