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How to Keep Allergens Out of Your Living Room

We could write a novella on all the different ways to eliminate and reduce the number of allergens that routinely haunt your indoor living spaces. But very few people would read all that, and certainly not in one sitting.

So instead, today we’re going to show you how to turn your living room (or similar space) in an allergy-free zone for your family’s great comfort and enjoyment.

  1. Get rid of the wall-to-wall carpeting. Yes, it looks nice and feels nice on your bare feet or when you’re laying down on the floor. But wall-to-wall carpeting is a natural breeding ground for dust, dust mites, and all kinds of things you’d rather not encounter up close. Instead, convert to hard-wood flooring or washable area rugs. Regardless of what kind of flooring you have, vacuum regularly with a machine that is made with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. Nothing works better at trapping all kinds of indoor air pollutants and preventing them from blowing back into the room.

  2. Leather vs. fabric upholstery. Not sure how you feel about leather furniture, but if you’re serious about getting rid of indoor allergens, you need to get rid of chairs and sofas covered in a cloth fabric. If that’s not currently an option, vacuum your furniture regularly.

  3. Window treatments. For best results, cover your windows with currents and blinds made of plain cotton or synthetic fabric. Also, consider replacing horizontal blinds with washable roller-type shades.

  4. Keep your windows shut. During the pollen season, you’ll do well to keep your windows shut and your AC system on.

  5. Encourage your inner green thumb. If you’ve always felt you could do a better job of growing and maintaining house plants, now’s a great time to get back in the game. That’s because there are certain varieties that work wonders in ridding your indoor air of bacteria and other indoor air pollutants. Boston Ferns, Spider Plants, Areca Palms, and Weeping Figs are just a few of several known varieties.

  6. Keep your pets clean. Consider bathing pets at least once a week as it will reduce the amount of allergen in the dander they shed.

  7. Switch to a gas-burning fireplace. Avoid use of wood-burning fireplaces or stoves because smoke and gases can worsen respiratory allergies. Most natural gas fireplaces won’t cause this problem.

While these are all effective measure at controlling your home’s allergen population, no one lives just in their living room. So, if you’re looking for a whole-house solution, contact GBT Heating & Cooling today to learn more about our several improved indoor air quality solutions. We’re confident there’s one that’s just right for your home, family, and budget.



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