Do you know how allergies work? A strong immune system is a boon to health. It means your body is very proactive when fighting off bacteria and viruses. But sometimes, your body produces an immune response when there is no real “threat.” It’s an overreaction if you will.
Allergies can be something you're born with, or they can develop at any point later in life. If you don't suffer allergies, these tips are still useful for keeping your apartment clean and literally breathing easier. If you do suffer allergies, these tips can help you live more comfortably, get ill less often, and even reduce the risk of life-threatening allergic reactions.
Let's start with one of the most common offenders in your apartment. It's very common for dust to build up during the winter. There's less transfer of air in the home, and the cold weather can make us curl up under blankets instead of dusting and vacuuming.
Spring dampness makes dust mites worse – they love humid weather. It's important that you clean out the dust through sweeping, dusting, and vacuuming early in the season.
This will also help with the dander from pets. Pet dander acts as an allergen and collects dust mites that are their own separate allergen.
Mold is a major allergen offender. It's more common in winter than people think because certain areas may experience extreme temperature differences. Any indoor condensation invites mold right in. Pay special attention to windows, windowsills, bathrooms, and refrigerators.
Checking for mold should be quick. In newer apartments with more recent construction, you're at much less risk of mold.
Spring brings pests, so just make sure you develop regular habits for cleaning up food preparation areas.
A landlord should provide checks for mold and pests on request. It helps them to maintain their properties as well as you living in them.
Steps to Reduce Allergens in Your Apartment
Start the spring season with a thorough dusting and vacuuming. Take breaks to ensure this doesn't trigger your allergies (or have someone do the work for you).
1. Dusting – Once things are in good shape, make a habit of dusting every week. Dust can't trigger allergies if it doesn't have time to collect! It won't be a pain because dusting every week means there's much less to clean up – it's much faster than dusting after a month or an entire season.
2. Vacuuming – Pay special attention to vacuuming carpets. A vacuum with rotating brushes, also called a beater bar, can dig up dirt and dust from deep in the carpet.
3. Laundry – Make sure laundry gets done regularly and that sheets are cleaned weekly. A big pile of laundry sitting for a week is an invitation to dust mites, and skin and dust will collect on sheets if they're lying there for ages.
4. Humidity Control – Do what you can to keep the humidity under check. This denies mold and mildew the moisture they need to grow. Air conditioning helps, but if an enclosed space gets too humid, consider buying a dehumidifier.
5. Ventilation – Make sure your bathroom vents well and gets good airflow. This will stop humidity from simply collecting in there all day. Clean the bathroom regularly. If any pipe or fixture develops a leak or standing water problem, have it fixed right away.
6. Air Purifiers – Air purifiers can do wonders. Make sure they use HEPA or better filters and know the amount of space they're designed to treat. You will genuinely notice the difference in how easily you can breathe in a room with a good air purifier.
7. Pet Grooming – Finally, groom your pets regularly. This cuts down on the dander they'll leave around the home. For pets that can go outside, groom them outdoors if possible. This keeps dander from kicking up into the air inside.
An Allergen-Free Apartment
Of course, the best solution is to find an allergen-free or allergy-friendly apartment. Many recently built apartments provide fantastic advantages. This is especially true for luxury apartments. You have to do much less to prepare your apartment for allergy season.
There are many advantages these apartments offer during allergy season and beyond. Flooring choices are generally much less likely to collect allergens. Humidity is well controlled and bathrooms are very well ventilated.
Plumbing and fixtures are both modern and high quality, leading to much less risk of the factors that lead to mold or mildew growth.
More recently built heating and cooling systems do a great deal to filter out more allergens, as well as keeping the environment more consistent.
Quality of windows is often overlooked when it comes to reducing allergens. These apartments will have better quality, more tightly sealed windows that prevent air leaks and condensation.
If your quality of life is impacted by your allergies, it's a very good idea to consider a living space that reduces your exposure to allergens. Contact Regency Park Apartments for more information about removing apartment allergens, and rental apartments in Greenwood, SC.