4 Things to Know When Buying an Air Purifier

Buying an air purifier can be a big decision. With so many models and price points out there, it may be overwhelming to some.

While we’re not here to tell you exactly which unit to buy, we know a few things that can help you make the best decision for your home and your family.

Here are 4 things to think about when buying an air purifier.

  1. Portability
    Most air purifier systems are lightweight and easy enough to carry but you should be conscious of your unit’s weight in the event you need to move it.Look for options that weigh in somewhere between 10-20 pounds. Anything beyond this is likely larger than what you need in your home and will be difficult to move even for little things, like changing filters or servicing if something goes wrong.
  2. Long-Term Costs
    Air purifiers are generally not cheap up front (and they shouldn’t be if you’re looking to get a quality machine), but they can also have heavy costs on the backend.Depending on what brand and type of air purifier you choose, your filters could be as low as $10 each or more than $100 each! When you purchase your purifier, be sure you know what costs to expect for the long haul.2In addition, it pays to know about how much electricity your unit will use over the course of a year. Some models are not very energy efficient, meaning you could be spending a few hundred dollars annually just to have your machine running.

    The bottom line: Do your homework. Choose a model that fits within your budget long-term.

  3. Noise Level
    Air purifiers have come a long way. (Mostly) Gone are the days of excessively noisy units like the one Ross Gellar had in the TV show, Friends. (Don’t know what we mean? Watch this clip.)Not all machines have made it to the near-silent point yet, however. It’s important to consider what level of ambient noise your family can – and is willing to – put up with.

    Here’s where cost comes in again… Generally speaking, the quieter the unit, the higher the price tag. If you can’t afford a super-quiet system, consider putting yours in a common area of your home that’s away from bedrooms, like the living room or kitchen.

  4. Warnings
    How do you know when something is wrong? Without some kind of warning light system, you may not know if there’s an issue and that can lead to more trouble.Make an effort to purchase an air purifier that has some sort of warning system – a light that turns on when there is an operational problem or if the filter needs to be replaced. Keep an eye on your unit so you don’t miss these warning signals.

    As a general rule, take a look at your purifier once every month or two to ensure it’s still in good working order. Check the filter to see if it needs to be replaced. Ensure your home is dusted and vacuumed often to alleviate any extra particles that may be floating through the air. While it’s the air purifiers job to capture these particles, every bit of help you can give it will further ensure the longevity of your system.

    Buying an air purifier doesn’t have to be rocket science. With a list of things to look out for and options to consider, you’ll soon have a model that fits your family’s needs like a glove.

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Be nice to your unit! Easy Do-it-Yourself HVAC Maintenance Tips

We all do it, no matter how often we are reminded not to. For a myriad of reasons, from cost to lack of time, homeowners wait until after something breaks before they call a professional to their home to tackle a repair. While this approach may make sense for some major home appliances like your refrigerator, when it comes to your HVAC system, it is a grave misstep.

HVAC systems control heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in your home (thus the acronym HVAC), and it is a critical part of your home’s year-round comfort. We rely on these systems throughout the entire year, and when a component fails or breaks down, it can throw your whole home into upheaval. Not only does your schedule, comfort, and lifestyle become affected by a malfunctioning unit, but it can cost you financially as well.

Regular HVAC maintenance is not only good for your home and wallet, but it is also the smart way to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of your HVAC unit, and extending its life in the process.

There are several times each year that you should be maintaining your HVAC unit, and those are: immediately, monthly, seasonally, and annually. By breaking down your HVAC maintenance into several times throughout the year, you can be certain that your HVAC system is running perfectly so you can depend on it to work when you need it most.

Immediately

Immediate maintenance includes things like ensuring that you have a clean and properly sized and pleated air filter inside of your A/C unit and keeping your outdoor unit free of debris and leave build-up that can become lodged inside of the unit or interfere with the fan.

Monthly

Every month, perform a visual inspection of your refrigerant lines and look for signs of leaks or damage. If you see something out of the ordinary, contact an HVAC maintenance specialist to make any necessary repairs.

Seasonally

Air filters do an incredible job of keeping your HVAC unit clean and keeping unwanted particles, dust, pollens, and other unwanted debris from entering your air conditioning system, but they need to be changed at least every 90 days. For optimum air quality, it is recommended that air filters are changed monthly.

Annually

It is a good idea to inspect the area around your HVAC unit and ensure that the ground is level and that there are no indications of the ground sinking or sloping in any way. To prevent algae and debris build-up in the condensate drain line, pour a mix of 1 cup bleach to 3 cups of water down the tube.

Renewing your HVAC maintenance program is an essential part of ensuring your system is running perfectly all year long, so be sure to mark your calendars so you can stay on top of your maintenance program renewal. A regular maintenance inspection protects your HVAC unit by preventing small issues from becoming big (and expensive) headaches down the line.

When an air conditioning and heating specialist performs a routine maintenance check, they will tune up your unit, inspect and clean various, integral parts of the HVAC system to catch small problems, from leaks to wear to build-up, which, if not caught early, can lead to costly repairs and even system failure down the line.

10 Plants That Improve Indoor Air Quality: Part One

It’s an unfortunate truth that we seldom think about the air circulating through our homes every day and how important it is to your family to have that air be as healthy as possible. Once you experience the benefits of professionally clean indoor air quality, however, you will wonder how you ever lived without the sweet, sweet smell and health benefits of pristine air in your home.

As indoor air quality professionals, we know how first-hand important it is to create a home atmosphere that promotes healthy breathing. Some studies show that many homes have air which can be upwards of five times more polluted than the air outside.

There are many great products that can be used to create ideal indoor air, including premium air filters to air purifiers that work in tandem with your HVAC unit. While we at Sharp Air Conditioning and Heating are always here to help you choose the right indoor air quality solutions for your home and family, there is one thing we recommend to make a big difference to your home’s air quality – houseplants.

Through a process called phytoremediation, indoor and outdoor plants and trees absorb compounds from the air that can be dangerous for humans. By absorbing pollutants and gases into their leaves and roots, plants help us all breathe better. This is especially beneficial for people who suffer from breathing conditions like asthma and allergy sufferers.

If you are considering adding plants to your home to create a healthier home environment, these 10 houseplants are a great choice.

1. Spider Plant

It may sound creepy, but the spider plant is an excellent choice for your home. Spider plants are easy to care for and they grow very well with little effort. Not only do they add a spider leg-style burst of green to your space, but they also remove xylene and formaldehyde particulates from the air.

2. English Ivy

Said to be the most air purifying of the houseplants, English Ivy is a gorgeous plant that compliments any home space, modern or classical, with ease. English Ivy is noted for its ability to remove multiple compounds and pollutants from the air as well as pesticides and fecal matter, which is very useful if you have a pet in the house. Just be sure to keep these growing out of your animal’s reach – they are poisonous if consumed.

3. Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm is a tall indoor grass that not only looks great but packs a punch when it comes to air purification. Bamboo is pet-friendly, and it is their size that makes them such rock stars at filtering out formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and benzene. Bamboo palms can grow as tall as 12 feet indoors. They are also a natural humidifier if kept well-watered!

4. Peace Lily

Did you know that your home products, including your furniture and electronics, can generate indoor pollutants? Lucky for you, the beautiful peace lily is ready, willing, and able to help rid your home of those harmful contaminants. The peace lily is one of NASA’s most prized plants that they bring on space missions because it is a great air cleaner and delivers lots of fresh oxygen to your home (or space shuttle).

Check back in for Part Two of our blog to discover more great plants to help keep your home’s air quality perfect all year long!

10 Plants That Improve Indoor Air Quality: Part Two

When we head off into the mountains, forests, and parks to get back into nature, we know that we can count on the fresh smell of trees and plants to invigorate us and fill our lungs with clean, crisp air. There is no reason why you can’t experience the same level of outdoor freshness in your home every day. All it takes are a few smartly-placed plants in your home to significantly improve your indoor air quality.

In Part One of this blog, we explored the first four plants that NASA scientists and indoor air specialists recommend adding to your home to reduce the amount of air pollutants and transform your indoor air into a healthy, happy life support system for your home.

5. Boston Fern

Ferns are not only easy to care for and moderately-sized growers (not too big, not too small), but they also do not require a lot of watering, making them a hearty choice for the busy homeowner. Boston Ferns love to grow where there is a good amount of humidity and indirect light, and they look great hanging from baskets and decorating the odd corners of a room.

Boston Ferns remove formaldehyde and xylene from the air and give back fresh clean oxygen in return.

6. Golden Pothos

One of the fastest growing vines around, the Golden Pothos is a notable and favorite houseplant because it is easy to maintain and will grow up a trellis, across a ledge, or down in green leafy tendrils from inside a hanging flower pot. Vines are great home air cleaners because they pull lots of formaldehyde from the air, but the Golden Pothos also yanks carbon monoxide and benzene too, making it a great addition to a room near a garage to prevent car fumes from penetrating your home.

7. Aloe Vera

Heralded as one of nature’s most useful plants, aloe vera is a fantastic house plant that gives back in more ways than one. Not only is aloe vera a plant that is easy to care for, but it is edible, its gel has wound-healing properties, it can be used to prevent and treat sunburns and blisters on your skin, and it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties too!

Aloe vera is a smart choice for creating clean, fresh indoor air as it is a big formaldehyde zapper and a gorgeous way to add a pop of green to your home.

8. Gerbera Daisies

These colorful flowers not only look great in your home, but they also help snag pollutants that make their way into your home, like trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, and benzene. These daisies need lots of light to grow and will continue to grow heartily all year long if the temperature is right indoors. These plants serve homeowners two-fold as they can clean your air and keep your supplied with fresh flowers to display for up to two weeks once cut. Just be sure to keep gerbera daisies well-drained and misted a few times a week.

9. Rubber Plants

There is a reason why so many offices opt to include rubber plants in their décor. These plants add vibrancy and life to any dreary space and they are excellent air cleaners too, ready to tackle even high-traffic air cleaning.

In the home, a well-kept rubber plant will need little sun but will remove a lot of chemicals from the air that can be found in furniture, glues, adhesives, and fabrics.

10. Red-edged Dracaena (Dragon Tree)

You may not see it filling the air, but furniture lacquers, varnishes, and glues are big time air pollutants in your home. Enter the red-edged dracaena, a bright green beauty with a striking red outline that removes xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde from your home.

Dracaenas can grow tall – really tall – reaching heights of 15 feet if properly cared for and allowed to grow. The average red-edged dracaena will grow an average of 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide, making it an impressive air cleaner and an attractive plant that will make your home sing with freshness.

Hosting Guests with Allergies or Asthma

‘Tis the season to have company! If family and friends will be visiting your home soon, you may be wondering what you need to do to make them feel at home. Of course, there are the usual things such as preparing meals and providing a clean and comfy bed, but what about the more physical things?

Guests with allergies or asthma, for instance, may require some special preparations. After all, nobody wants to be the cause of a friend’s sneezing fit and you especially don’t want to set off a full-on asthma attack.

So how can you prevent these things from happening? Try the tips below.

Move Your Pets

Many people have allergies to typical household pets. Therefore, if you have furry friends, you’ll want to ask about pet allergies before your guests arrive. If any of your visiting loved ones happen to suffer from dog- or cat-related allergies, it’s generally a good idea to suggest another lodging option.

Nothing else available? Do what you can to rid your home of allergens.

You can start preparations by moving your animals to a private room, away from the guest rooms and the common areas. With the animals housed in another space, steam clean all furniture and carpets and dust everything. Get rid of any lurking pet hair and dander to ensure no more is allowed to accumulate before your friends and family arrive.

Invest in an Air Purifier

The air in every home is full of dust and other common allergens that are sure to set off respiratory issues in some. In order to remove these airborne allergens, invest in an air purifier. Not only will this make your visitors more comfortable, it can also improve your family’s overall health.

Clean Everything

We mentioned steam cleaning the carpets and furniture if you have pets. However, this is actually a good idea even if you don’t have furry friends roaming your home. Pets aside, it’s a good idea to clean absolutely everything before your loved ones arrive. This will ensure your home is free from excessive dust and pesky dust mites. It’ll also leave your home looking and smelling great for your guests.

Not sure what to clean? Some of the most important cleaning tasks include:

  • Cleaning the carpet
  • Cleaning the upholstered furniture
  • Dusting every hard surface with a non-chemical cleaner
  • Washing vent covers
  • Washing all bedding in hot water

Purchase Allergen Barriers

It’s no secret that mattresses and pillows tend to gather dust mites over time. This can pose a real problem for those who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Fortunately, you can make your beds a little less problematic for your guests by purchasing zip-up allergen barrier covers for your mattresses and pillows. These covers trap dust mites, keeping them far from the sleeping faces of your friends and family.

Skip the Smoke

While it might be tempting to set up a nice fire in the fireplace on a cold winter evening, guests with allergies or asthma may thank you for skipping it. Many people are bothered by the smoke created by a fireplace, making the experience of roasting chestnuts on an open fire more irritating than it is fun.

Likewise, you will need to make a conscious decision to forego cigarettes or cigars. If you smoke on a regular basis, be sure to make your guests aware of this ahead of time and offer to help them find alternate accommodations if necessary.

Schedule a Tune-Up

A neglected HVAC system can easily cause issues by spreading dust, dirt, and even mold spores. Be sure to have your system looked at and have all filters replaced in time for the arrival of your visitors.

Need to schedule a tune-up? Contact us today! We would be happy to help get your system in tip-top condition for you and your visiting loved ones.

How We Stayed Cool Before Air Conditioning

Although Spring is officially in full-swing here in Arizona, summer will be here before we know it. With an average summertime temperature of 103° F here in Phoenix, this is the aptly-named city for anyone who loves the heat. We may love all that sun most of the time, but much of that sun worship comes from our ability to escape the sun’s heat with cool, comforting air conditioning.

The massive heat index that we experience year after year is no joke – people continuously suffer from heat-related injuries and even death when they can’t escape the extreme Southern Arizona weather. Most people have a hard time getting by when their A/C goes out for an hour or two, so imagine how hard it must have been to live in this and other hot climates before the air conditioners were the standard in home cooling solutions.

Caves

At a time when an air conditioner could not be conceived of, our very smart ancestors found that right here, in the middle of a vast desert landscape, was one of the coolest and most temperate places to call home: caves.

Caves are nature’s little way of providing year-round cooling to anyone smart enough to take advantage of it. From the Pueblo Indians to the Himalayan peoples of the Upper Mustang, caves have always been the temperate retreats for those who need to escape the heat and the cold without living a nomadic lifestyle.

Even today, millions of folks live in caves throughout the world. In China’s Shaanxi province, nearly 30-million people call yaodongs (caves) their home. Cave living offers a whole lot of benefits, even now in a time of air conditioning.

Mud and Brick

In the Middle East, where the desert heat can be overbearing, ancient brick-making techniques and mud huts were the ideal solutions to keeping cool during the day and staying warm at night. Acting as heat absorbers, sun-baked bricks prevent all that outdoor warmth from getting inside the cool homes. Conversely, at nighttime when the temperatures in the desert can drop 30 degrees, those same heat-filled bricks release their stored heat into the home to as they absorb the cold night air.

In-Home Aqueducts

The Romans were especially advanced when it came to developing the aqueduct systems to cool off. While the aqueduct had long been in use by Egyptians and Babylonians (as well as others) long before Rome ever introduced them to their city plans, the Roman civil engineers took aqueduct building to a whole new level, creating such well-built aqueduct systems that are still in use today.

Those same aqueducts were used to funnel cold, cool water into pipes tucked away inside the walls of Roman homes, which in turn cooled off the walls and the homes to a comfortable level.

Linen

Clothing was an integral part of maintaining the body’s discomfort from the heat as well. While today’s fabrics include non-breathable materials like spandex and polyester, clothing pre-air conditioning needed to be breathable and allow for air to circulate freely to keep skin cool and dry in the hot summer sun. Linen, created from papyrus, became the fabric of choice from ancient Egypt to the 19th century.

Shade

Do you know why homes everywhere have covered porches? It is so people could sit outside at night time and relieve themselves from the heat their home’s trapped all day long. As porches became standard, particularly in certain areas of the country, they led to socialization habits that helped smart business owners attract customers. By incorporating porches as means of attracting those who wanted to beat the heat, these businesses helped retaining customers with their shaded offerings.

Fans

Last but not least, fans are the global standard way to provide portable air circulation for anyone, from peasants to emperors around the world. From palm fronds to folded paper fans, everyone was able to cool themselves, at least for a while, with a hand-held fan. Electric fans would not bring people relief until 1882, when New Orleans, Louisiana resident and longtime muggy summer-sufferer Schuyler Skaats Wheeler could take no more heat without relief.

Today we can enjoy indoor comfort in all sorts of ways, from outdoor air conditioning units to mini ductless split systems, and we rarely have to give the extreme heat a second thought. The next time your air conditioner breaks, you can rest easy knowing that the Sharp Air repair team will be there soon to give you the relief you need. Until we get there, pick up a hand fan, put on your best linen top, and maybe get outdoors and sit on your covered porch to cool off for a bit.

Beat the Heat: Animal-Style

Too hot outside to comfortably recline in your poolside lounge chair while sipping your icy margarita from a chilled glass? It’s okay – you get to go inside to your perfectly air conditioned house and cool off to your heart’s content!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be unable to enjoy the modern luxury of an air-conditioned car, house, office, and building you walk into? It is almost hard to imagine not being able to simply switch on a fan or an AC and immediately feel relief from the sweltering heat, especially for those of us who live on out southwest in the United States. We wouldn’t be able to live in this hot of a climate were it not for modern air conditioning.

If you were an animal, however, how do you imagine you would keep cool in the hot, hot sun? We see animals every day, from the bunnies in our backyards to the elephants at the zoo, all feeling the same heat we are. Unlike our own beloved pooches and indoor cats who get round the clock shade and customized temperature-controlled air conditioned zones in your house, wild animals have to find their own unique ways to battle the rising temperatures.

Animals have a knack for finding all sorts of ways to beat the heat, and whether they live in the sweltering jungles of India or in the sandy deserts of Arizona, animals will always come up with a solution for relief.

Here are some of the ways that animals all around the world tackle the age-old problem of beating the heat.

Ears that Radiate Heat

You may not know this, but some animals have evolved to have those adorably large ears so that they can cool off. Elephants, rabbits, bats, coyotes, and even mice are just a few of the animal species that use radiating heat to regulate their body temperatures. Just as animals use their layers of fat, fur, and thick skin to keep them warm in the wintertime, they use the extremely thin skin of their ears to release heat.

As blood travels throughout animal bodies, it carries with it a remarkable amount of heat. When that blood moves through the animal’s’ large, thin-skinned ears, it gets as close to the outside world as it can, allowing all that trapped heat to dissipate incredibly fast before it circulates back through the body cooler than before.

Shedding Those Layers

Wouldn’t it be awful if you had to wear a heavy, fur-lined winter coat all summer long? That’s exactly what most animals have to deal with, but some lucky ones have the ability to shed all that unnecessary fur that traps heat. As soon as springtime hits and the temperatures begin to rise, animals like deer, bison, and rabbits have a hormone surge that results in them losing all of that unnecessary heavy fur so their skin can breathe far more easily.

Breaking a Sweat

Just as human animals have sweat glands, some animals have the ability to sweat off their heat stores. Horses are excellent sweaters, and so are hippopotamuses, who sweat a reddish substance that removes trapped heat and also acts natural sunscreen. But cats big and small, including lions, tigers, leopards, and Mr. Kitty on your lap, have only a few sweat glands, and they are in a surprising place – their paws. Felines sweat through the pads on the bottom of the feet, and they use that sweat to mark their territory (which is what Mr. Kitty is doing when he kneads you with his paws).

Pant It Out

You’ve seen your dog pant furiously after a good long run in the park, but there plenty of other animals who release built up internal heat through their tongues. Did you know that birds pant too? When you see a bird hopping around in your backyard with its mouth open, it is their form of panting using a very elaborate air-sac-and-lung combination that helps them ditch the heat in their bodies.

Aestivation: A Hole for One

Just like bears and other animals hibernate to avoid the harsh winter months, animals like frogs, snails, and some ground squirrels take to digging holes in the ground creating cool, comfortable retreats that allow them to escape the sun. These animals can stay in their burrows and live off of their stored body fats for quite some time, usually long enough for the hottest months to pass and the rainy season to begin. Aestivation is especially important for desert dwellers, so you’re likely to find lots of burrows and holes in the ground right outside your door.

Water It Down

Just like you like to take a dip in your pool when it gets too hot, animals love to roll around in puddles, lakes, and swamps of the wet stuff to cool themselves off. You’ve undoubtedly seen videos of uninvited bears making themselves at home in backyard pools, and they aren’t the only ones. Birds are happy to splash around in bird baths and puddles, and elephants herds will make a whole day of hitting the water holes and cooling themselves off.

Cooling Off: The History of Air Conditioning

Long before the days of zoned temperature controls designed to give each room your home a distinct and unique comfort level, people all around the world would dream of days when the cool air would fill their homes, jobs, and favorite hangouts. Whether you were the wealthiest person or the poorest farmer in your state, everyone was equal in their discomfort during the hot summer months.

As discussed in an earlier blog, everyone struggled to find a bit of comfort in the sweltering summer sun. From moving into caves to sitting on ice blocks, people discovered all sorts of ways to stay cool, all of which required a lot of effort and little cooling.

It would not be until the late 1800s that a New Orleans inventor named Schuyler Skaats Wheeler would create the first electric fan that let people sit back and relax as they found the sweet, breezy relief they had only dreamed of before. Nikola Tesla’s alternating current motors are to thank for the oscillating fan, allowing the whole room to benefit from cooled air.But it wasn’t enough.

As luck would have it, one very wise engineer was working on a project that would change the face of comfort forever. That engineer was Willis Carrier.

Before Carrier could put together the right combination of components to create his masterpiece, he first had to look to the inventions of the past to find the necessary workings and ideas from previous inventors who tried, like Carrier, to cool off the world.

In 1758, mega-inventor Benjamin Franklin and professor John Hadley document that when alcohol and some other dangerous liquids evaporate (which they do at a greater rate than water), they can freeze water left behind. More than 50 years later in England, inventor Michael Faraday discovers how to compress and liquefy ammonia.

Dr. John Gorrie builds an ice-maker and air blowing combination to cool down rooms of the hospital. Though he patented the idea in 1851, it would not be the success he had hoped it could be. A similar contraption was built by a team of naval engineers in 1881 to cool down the sweltering President James Garfield, who was recovering from an assassination attempt. The machine required one-quarter of a million pounds of ice each month to cool a single room, making it wildly impractical and expensive.

Then, in 1902, while working for the Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographer, engineer Willis Carrier searches for a way to reduce the humidity in the printing plant. The mechanical unit pushed air through coils cooled by water and was tremendous in size. Twenty years after that, Carrier would create the centrifugal chiller to the unit, which brought down the unit’s size considerably.

That was when people took notice of Carrier’s machine, and word spread fast.

On Memorial Day weekend in 1925, Carrier’s air conditioner was unveiled to the public at the Rivoli Theater, a popular hang out in New York’s Times Square. Soon, other movie houses followed suit and installed air conditioners, drawing crowds by the thousands who wanted to spend an afternoon away from the blistering heat.

From there, air conditioners would come to shape our modern society. Find out more in Part Two of our blog!

Fight Dust and Dust Mites in the Home

While many may believe that pollution exists only outside of the home, the truth is that the home can be one of the most concentrated areas of pollution. And some types of allergens only multiply and cause more allergic reactions. Dust mites, for instance, are a major allergen that can cause serious allergy symptoms for your home.

Dust mites are tiny with translucent bodies, measuring something between .008-.012 inches. As a part of the spider family, these creepy crawlies live in dust and feed on dead skin cells from humans. The dust mites’ gut digestive enzymes and feces cause humans to have strong allergic reactions. The symptoms of dust mite allergies include wheezing, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and sinus infections.

Worse yet, dust mites are hardy creatures. In fact, dust mite eggs are able to tolerate and survive freezing temperatures for extended amounts of time. However, dust mites are vulnerable to direct sunlight, hot temperatures, and water.

When you are constantly congested or sneezing, it’s very likely that your home air needs to be treated. If your HVAC system is in good working order and you’ve dealt with every other possibility for improving the air quality of your home, another step to improving your home life is to actively fight the population of dust mites in your home.

  1. Purchase pillow and mattress allergy barriers
    Although not cheap, anti-allergy bedding creates a hostile environment for dust mites and helps to protect the place that you rest from extra allergens. These often vinyl covers zip in allergens rather than constantly exposing you to the population of dust mites within the mattress or pillow. If you have a known dust allergy, this will certainly help you as well.
  2. Wash sheets weekly
    Of course it’s the intention to wash bed sheets on a routine basis, but it doesn’t always happen. However, if you are dealing with extensive allergies, this small chore can greatly improve your quality of breathing. Washing the sheets in hot water will also kill off the dust mites between the hot temperature and water.
  3. Minimize items that collect dust
    When dealing with dust allergies, having less items that collect dust makes all the difference, especially in the bedroom. Keep stuffed animals, books, rugs, and curtains in other rooms besides the bedroom. Better yet, whatever you don’t need to have, opt to get rid of. Giving these items a new home somewhere else in the house can help keep your allergies under control..
  4. Ice Teddy (or other stuffed animals)
    Dust mites are notorious for making homes in stuffed animals. And before you throw out all the stuffed animals, just chuck them one at a time in the deep freeze for a few hours. Extreme temperatures for long periods of time kill off the dust mite population.
  5. Dust and clean
    Of course this seems like a no brainer, but when was the last time you dusted and cleaned? Can’t remember? Staying on top of the cleaning throughout your home helps cut down on airborne allergies and even the dust mite population. If you aren’t keen on chemically-based cleaners, many stores offer organic options while the internet provides many DIY cleaners.

Preventing allergies by keeping a clean home and using these tricks will be so much easier. Say goodbye to the dust mites and the sneezing! Of course, if you are want to improve your entire home’s air quality, be sure to have your HVAC system cleaned and maintained by an air specialist.