(This is the second part of a two-part series. Don’t forget to check out Part One.)
Many of you have already begun your spring house cleaning, some of you haven’t. In any case, this is a great opportunity to clean out what allergens are already in your home and to prepare to keep the oncoming ones out.
To keep a home allergy free, it would be ideal to have blinds in every window. However, some women (such as myself) would never like that look. If you insist on having curtains instead, it might be a good idea to get the type of curtain that you can machine wash. Be sure to wash them more frequently in the spring and summer, when you usually begin to open the windows more. You can also clean curtains and drapes with a vacuum cleaner attachment.
Keeping the air in your home free of allergens can be a real challenge. Remember to replace the air filters in your heating and air conditioning system. If you buy a traditional, older style filter, you will need to replace it about once a month. Newer style high efficiency filters are available, and only need to be replaced about once every three months. Another way to remove allergens is by investing in a room air filter. Air filters excel in capturing pollen.
However, while air filters will capture airborne allergens, they won’t be able to do anything about the allergens which have already settled in your carpet. That’s why it’s so important to vacuum on a regular basis–at least once a week. In fact, one of the most important appliances you can have at this time is a high quality vacuum cleaner. In order for vacuum cleaners to pick up allergens, they need to have a HEPA filter. This filter can pick up particles as small as 0.3 microns, which should take care of most allergens.