No matter what the season of the year, your Morton Grove, IL home or condo will contain allergens that irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Fortunately, there are some cost-effective and simple solutions to minimize allergens, and they work year-round. Try one or more of these tips to keep allergens out of your home.
Make Lifestyle Modifications
If you’re used to leaving the windows open on a nice spring day, you could be allowing pollen and other allergens inside your home. Making some lifestyle modifications will lower the amount of allergy-triggering particles in your home, explains the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Instead of opening your windows, use the air conditioner, even if it’s just on the fan setting. Use exhaust fans when cooking and cleaning. Choose a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Remove your shoes before entering your home.
High MERV Rated Filter
Your heating and air conditioning system contains a filter. Choose a filter with a minimum efficiency reported value (MERV) of 13 or higher. Filters with this rating trap more of the tiny allergens that get into your home. Pet owners and households with anyone who has a breathing disorder should be sure to check and change or clean the filter at least every 30 days year-round.
Whole-home Air Purifier
According to the Allergy and Asthma Network, a whole-home air purifier removes at least 99.97% of allergens. These units work all the time. They use electrostatic plates and media filters to trap allergens. You’ll need to change the filter regularly to maximize the purifier’s ability to remove particles. Some air purifiers also contain germicidal UV lights, which inactivate allergens, bacteria, and viruses. Purifiers with a UV light will need a professional tune-up once per year.
For more details on how to minimize allergens in your Morton Grove home or condo, take a look at Besco Air Inc.’s indoor air quality solutions, or reach out to us today.