Household allergens can cause or aggravate a range of health problems, from asthma and hay fever to skin rashes and seasonal allergies. To keep your family healthy and comfortable, it’s essential to identify and address the sources of allergens in your home. Here are four of the most common household allergens to watch out for.
Dust mites are microscopic arachnids that feed on dead skin and dander, making them common in mattresses, bed sheets, carpets, and upholstered furniture. While dust mites don’t bite or spread disease, they can irritate a person’s airways and nasal passages if inhaled, aggravating asthma and other respiratory problems. Washing linens regularly in hot water and steam-cleaning carpets and furniture can help minimize the effects of dust mites.
If you’re considering welcoming a new pet to your household, you should know that pet dander can cause allergic reactions and exacerbate respiratory problems, especially from animals that shed heavily. Adopting a hypoallergenic pet that sheds minimally is one way to reduce allergy risks. You’ll also want to regularly clean floors, surfaces, and your pet’s bed, as well as train your pet to avoid specific furniture, such as beds and couches.
Pets who spend time outdoors may also be bringing pollen into your home. A year-round problem for people with allergies, pollen can drift in through open windows and doors, as well as on your family’s clothing and shoes. Bathing pets when they come in from walks or playing outside, leaving shoes at the door, and regular vacuuming and dusting are all ways to minimize the presence of pollen.
Roaches and Other Insects
Roaches and other insects are irritating enough when they’re crawling or flying around, but they can also be a significant allergen after they’re dead. Pests leave behind droppings, body parts, and saliva, all of which can cause illness and make allergies worse. In addition to thoroughly cleaning, keep food and garbage containers tightly sealed to deter insects from hanging around in the first place. Ensuring that you have an efficient HVAC system with clean, functioning filters is a critical way to minimize allergens in your home. American Energy Air and Solar provides a full range of residential and commercial HVAC services across the greater Sacramento area, including emergency services and repairs. For a free estimate, contact us today by calling (916) 782-3139.