Do you find that your allergy symptoms get worse in the fall and winter? Most likely, this is because you're allergic to mold spores and dust, which accumulate in your home. Once the weather gets cold and you spend more time inside where these allergens are hanging out, you start noticing more symptoms. Luckily, you don't have to keep on suffering until springtime. Tackle these cleaning and maintenance tasks to get your allergies under control.
Have your ducts cleaned.
Your ductwork can become home to a lot of mold spores and dust, especially if you have not used your heating and cooling system regularly through the summer. Ideally, you should have your ducts cleaned before you turn on the heat for the winter. However, doing so late is better than not doing it at all. A professional HVAC technician has tools to reach all of the way up into your ducts and clean them out a lot more thoroughly than you would be able to do on your own with a vacuum cleaner. Click here for more information on air duct cleaning.
Change your air filter.
The filter on your furnace traps allergens so they don't keep getting spewed through your home over and over again. If the filter is clogged, the dust, mold spores, and pet dander will stay in your air and start accumulating in your ducts again rather quickly. Furnace filters are not expensive – you can find them for a dollar or two at most hardware stores. Remove yours and bring it to the store to ensure you purchase the right size. Then, keep up with your furnace filter, changing it approximately once a month throughout the heating season.
Vacuum your home thoroughly.
Even if you vacuum your home regularly, there's a good chance you skip areas like under the bed and behind furniture. Dust and mold spores will build up in these areas, and then when an air current reaches them, they'll end up airborne. Dedicate an afternoon to giving your home the most thorough vacuum cleaning you can manage. Make sure you go over each area several times to suck up as many particles as possible.
Wash your curtains.
When you open the windows in the summer, pollen can blow in and become stuck on your curtains. Then, when the heat kicks on and blows on the curtains, this pollen enters the air and you breathe it in. Remove your curtains, wash them thoroughly, and re-hang them. If you're sensitive to pollen, you'll notice a reduction in symptoms.