Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

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For allergy sufferers, spring cleaning is a great opportunity to clean many over looked items that could be harboring allergens and help reduce symptoms. On the other hand, the cleaning itself may set off fits of sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion. Whether you dread this process or find it strangely satisfying, it’s got to be done especially if you suffer from allergies.

Here are some cleaning tips to keep in mind as you spring clean your home. These cleaning tips will help both you and your family breathe easier.

Replace Filters

Clean or replace filters on humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air purifiers, air conditioning units and furnaces. If you are replacing your filters, try replacing them with HEPA filters which are ideal for allergy suffers.

Clean Vents

Vents can be easily overlooked, but particles can build up in them. Unscrew vents for the heat or air system, put them in the sink and rinse with soap and water.

Clean Any Damp Areas

Monitor areas that are likely to produce mold, such as closets, inside cabinets near sinks, the bathroom floor, areas under appliances and areas around pipes. Wiping walls, floors or ceilings around these areas with a solution of vinegar is a safe effective mold deterrent.

Clean The Inside AND Outside of Windows

Use bleach to clean your window sill.Then you can either hose off your window screens in the backyard, or use a vacuum to suck up the dirt and dust embedded in the screen.

Get Under Things

If you haven’t moved your furniture while cleaning to get under or around things, now is the time to do so. A thorough cleaning is what you need! Just because you can’t see the dust or dirt does not mean it’s not affecting your breathing.

Vacuum Mattresses and Furniture

If you have any upholstered furniture, vacuuming and steam cleaning are great ways to reduce the amount of allergens in your home.

Wash Your Bedding

Using hot water and special laundry detergent that help kill dust mites and eliminate other allergens. If you have not already encased your bedding in allergy relief bedding, take this opportunity to do so. Check your pillows as well. Replace them every 2-3 years and cover them with hypoallergenic encasings.

Clean Your Curtains

This should be done periodically since they are huge allergen collectors. Make sure you read the care instructions before cleaning your curtains. Some may be ok to throw in the wash, while others may have to be steamed cleaned or even taken to the dry cleaners.

Get Your Carpets and Rugs Cleaned Professionally

If you have smaller rugs, like a bathroom rug, throw it in the wash. If your smaller rugs are not washable, you should consider replacing them with rugs that are.


Don’t dust with cotton cloths though, they just spread particles around on surfaces and send them back into the air. Instead, use electrostatic or microfiber cloths which trap dust or a vacuum attachment designed specifically for dusting.

In addition to the tips above, the following tips are some cleaning principles to stick to in order to minimize allergy attacks while cleaning.

  • Wear a dust mask.
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Click here to browse vacuums that have HEPA air filtration.
  • If you have pets, clean off their fur when they come in from the outside to avoid bringing pollen into your home.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 50% to prevent growth of dust mites. You may want to consider purchasing a dehumidifier.
  • Clean “top to bottom” so that any stirred-up dust and other debris that settles on the floor will be sure to be cleaned up.
  •  Avoid harsh cleaning chemicals, which can aggravate sensitive nasal passages and airways.
  • Invest in a HEPA air purifier. HEPA air purifiers are very effective at controlling particles and allergens such as pollen, dust, and dander.


We hope you find these tips helpful and please check back on our blog for more spring cleaning tips!



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5 Things You Need to Know About Air Conditioners

When the temperatures rise an increase in air conditioner use is the result, there are some important things you should know about your units. Here are 5 things to watch out for and techniques for increasing the life and efficiency of your air conditioners.

1. Change the filter often during the cooling season

While your air conditioner is cooling you off, it’s acting as an air purifier as it prevents outside debris from blowing into your home. When was the last time you took a look at your unit’s air filter? Cleaning or changing it will increase efficiency, decrease your energy bill, and can potentially benefit your family’s health. Make a mental note to clean the filter at least once a month in the summer to keep your A/C running like new.

2. Leaks can affect the performance of your air conditioner

Window A/C units are always difficult to seal correctly. To see if you have a leak around your windows, light a stick of incense and hold it where the unit and window frame meet. If the smoke blows around, there’s a leakage. Nothing a little foam, tape or weather seals can’t fix!

3. You can increase efficiency by placing the unit on the north or east side of your house

The sun, the reason why we need air conditioners in the first place, can really affect the output of your units. Try to shield them from the sun as much as possible, as putting them in direct sunlight reduces their efficiency by up to 10%.

4. Shield the unit inside, too

Increase the life of your unit by closing blinds and shades around the unit when you are not in the room. You should also consider running floor or ceiling fans (that are turning counter-clockwise) as well to aid in cooling. The air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard and will therefore last longer. Plus, fans will move the dry air your air conditioner dehumidifies around.

5. Air conditioners have changed considerably from 10 years ago

Cooling technology and federal laws for efficiency have come a long way since the last time you may have purchased a window unit; the investment you make now could very well pay for itself over time. When purchasing a new unit, check the energy efficiency ratio, or EER. Devices with higher numbers will cost less to operate.

Ask your P.C. Richard & Son sales associate or click our live chat help on any product page on our website for information on how to keep cool this season. You can also check out our Learning Center for informational videos on air conditioners.


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