If you or someone else in your home suffers from asthma, it’s important to minimize any asthma triggers as much as possible. Asthma triggers such as dust mites, pollen, or mold spores may not have much of an effect on most people, but they can cause dangerous flareups when inhaled by people who have asthma. Fortunately, you can reduce asthma triggers in your home and create a safer environment in several ways. Here are some tips on how to make your home more asthma-friendly.
Invest in a quality home ventilation system
One of the most effective ways to reduce the presence of airborne asthma triggers in your home is to invest in a quality home ventilation system. A quality ventilation system will flush out contaminants to prevent them from settling and accumulating in your home. In addition, a ventilation system will also keep the moisture in your home at a healthy level. By preventing excess moisture from accumulating, the potential for mold growth—a common asthma trigger—will decrease.
Opt for a ductless heater and air conditioner
Most people rely on traditional ducted temperature control systems to heat or cool their homes. However, such systems aren’t ideal for people who have asthma. Dust and other irritants can accumulate in the ductwork and get pushed throughout your home. If one of the residents in your home has asthma, consider switching to a ductless mini-split system instead.
Ductless mini-split systems dump temperature-controlled air directly into the area they’re heating, rather than transporting it through a series of ducts. If you can’t switch to a ductless system, make sure to clean your ducted system frequently and regularly replace its filters to minimize the contaminants in your air.
Dust and vacuum regularly
Another way to make your home more asthma-friendly is by dusting and vacuuming regularly. By doing so, you can prevent dust, pet dander, and other asthma triggers from accumulating in your home. Ideally, you should vacuum your home at least twice a week. If you have pets that shed a lot, you may want to vacuum more frequently. As for dusting, once or twice a month should be enough to reduce the presence of asthma irritants.