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How to Tackle Hidden Allergens in the Home

Some allergens are easy to find, like the dust buildup on a shelf or pollen on a jacket. Others are harder to see and may even linger in the same products that are supposed to eliminate them. Learn how to handle hidden allergens in your Jurupa Valley, California, home so you and your family can breathe easier.

Launder Your Curtains

Curtains and drapes offer a convenient place for dust, pollen, and dander to settle. You may not think about washing window hangings as often as you launder other items, but this is an essential task if you have asthma or allergy sufferers in your home. While you’re washing the curtains, take a damp cloth and wipe down your blinds as well.

Use a HEPA Filter in the Vacuum

You may assume that your vacuum is an effective cleaning device, but this isn’t always the case. If you don’t have a HEPA filter in this tool, it’s probably allowing a lot of particles to pass through. These may escape and end up back in your air.

While the typical residential HVAC system cannot handle a HEPA air filter, you can purchase vacuums that support this technology. Vacuum with this high-quality filter and you’ll capture many of the irritants that have settled into the carpet in your home.

Change Your HVAC Air Filter

Your heating and cooling system attempts to remove allergens from the air by capturing them in the air filter. However, this filter isn’t effective unless it’s changed regularly. You should inspect it monthly and change the filter no less than once every three months. Schedule annual maintenance for your heating and cooling systems as well, so a professional can get inside and clean the other components.

If you’re looking for a smart way to improve the indoor air quality in your home, our technicians at Hush Air Heating & Air Conditioning can help. Give us a call at 951-373-3784 to learn more.

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