If you are like most people, you likely don’t think very much about the air you breathe day after day. You probably don’t contemplate the quality of air in your homes, either. However, what if there was a way to reduce allergens and stop wheezing and sneezing by improving your home’s air quality. What if you could improve your seasonal allergy symptoms by “cleaning” the air?

The good news is, there are steps you can take to improve the air in your home.

Change Your Air Filters

Your first line of defense against all the junk floating around in your home’s air is to change your HVAC system’s filters on a regular basis. If you let the filter become dirty or clogged, then it isn’t going to be able to filter more dirt, dust and debris from the air. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Keep all Shoes Out of the House

If you think about it, it is really gross to wear your shoes inside. Toxins, pesticides, dirt and allergens from your lawn all end up on the bottom of your shoes. Then, if you keep them on, you track all this inside. This can be a huge source of allergens and you are willingly bringing them into your home. Eliminate this by having a “no shoes inside” policy.

Wash Clothes and Bedding Regularly

When you walk outside, allergens are going to cling to your clothing. If you sit on your furniture, or lie in bed, the allergens are going to transfer off you and onto the surface you touch. The best way to prevent this is by washing your clothing and your sheets on a regular basis. It will prevent the allergens from having the opportunity to spread around.

Have Your Ducts Cleaned

While there is no scientific evidence that having your ducts cleaned will improve your air quality, it can’t hurt. When all the dust and debris are removed from inside your ducts, they won’t ever have the chance to begin circulating in your home. This is a good thing.

Vacuum your Upholstered Furniture and Carpet Regularly

It is a good idea to vacuum the carpets in your home at least once a week, more if you have pets or kids. Also, use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter to remove as many of the allergens as possible from the carpet in your home.

Get a New Houseplant

If you enjoy plants in your home, that’s great. Not only can they brighten a space, but they can also improve your home’s air quality. A great plant to keep indoors is a Peace Lily. It is nice to look at and can improve your home’s air quality.

If you suffer from allergies, you know how miserable it can be to deal with all the things that make you sneeze and wheeze. However, when you take the time to use the tips here, you will be able to enjoy cleaner air and fewer allergy symptoms.