Keeping Contaminants in Your House Under Control

by Arne DeWitt Group 06/23/2019

As seasons change, the air inside your home changes. Some seasons bring more pollen and dust, while others introduce wood smoke, and still others mold spores, mildew, and fungi. While you can’t keep them all out, here are some ideas for making your indoor as healthful as possible through every season.

Sneeze defeaters

  • Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. These High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters collect the tiny particles that other vacuums return into the air. Look for one with a washable filter since these will be less expensive overall compared to that that require regular replacing. Machines that use a HEPA bag work well, but you’ll need to toss the bag and replace it frequently.
  • Cover up your mattresses and pillows. Your mattress collects dead skin cells, dust mites, and other allergens. Use a dust-proof casing on your mattresses and pillows. Made from vinyl and different fabrics with very dense weaves that have pores too small for dust mites to get through, these zippered cases keep the allergens from invading your sleep space. Frequent washings help these barriers stay fresh and allergen free.
  • Along the same lines, avoid excessive pillows, drapes, throws, and the like in rooms of family members with allergies. A great home improvement project to reduce allergens is to replace windows and blinds with between-the-glass blinds. That way, you don’t need to have window coverings to collect dust and allergens at all.
  • The same holds for family areas. Too many thick textiles gather dust mites, mold spores, and pollen. Try to have a minimum of dust-catching decorative items as well. Look for bookshelves and electronics cabinets with glass doors to keep dust out.
  • Exhaust your bathroom. Make sure you run the exhaust fan during and after showers to remove the moisture from your home. Excessive moisture creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. If something smells musty to you, there’s probably a culprit somewhere in the house. Pay attention to the smells under you sink in the bathroom and kitchen, and sniff behind the washer and dryer every once in a while.
  • Make changing your heat or air conditioning system filters 90-day scheduled maintenance. Do not run your HVAC system without filters since the air intake will draw dust and pollen particles into the system. 
  • If you’ve moved to a new home, don’t just rely on the HVAC filters. Your vents and ducts can fill up with years of dust, pet hair and dander, and pollen. Hire an air duct professional to clean them for you so that you start fresh.
  • On a similar note, keep your dryer vents clean and free of lint. Clear the lint trap with every load and discard it in an enclosed waste can.• Keep your gutters clear of debris since a stopped-up gutter can cause a moisture buildup in your attic, basement, or crawlspace. All of these areas gather dust mites, mold spores, and pollen.
  • Beware of your garden. You can’t do anything about what your neighbors choose to plant, but you can pay attention to your own. Avoid high-pollen grasses and trees.

If you’re looking for a home that is friendly to allergy-prone family members, talk to your real estate agent about newer homes in your area with built-in filtration systems and modern HEPA filtered HVAC systems.

About the Author
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Arne DeWitt Group

There are a lot of real estate agents serving the South County real estate market, but few with the longevity, experience and professionalism of Arne DeWitt.

Arne graduated from California State University, Northridge with a BS degree in Business Administration and soon put his business skills to work in his real estate career with RE/MAX that now spans more than 30 years.

During his career Arne has listed and sold more than 1500 homes, resulting in 750 million in sales and garnering every production award given to top producing RE/MAX agents – including the prestigious Chairman’s Club, Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Never one to rest on his laurels, Arne has continued to hone his professionalism and knowledge. Throughout his illustrious career he has earned several esteemed professional real estate designations such as GRI (Graduate REALTOR Institute), CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) and ERC (Employee Relocation Council)

But it’s not the awards and industry accolades that fuel his passion – it’s a genuine desire to help his clients achieve their real estate goals and dreams. Arne is most proud of the high percentage of referrals and repeat business he receives from satisfied clients who shower him with thank-you letters with comments such as:

“You made the selling of our home a pleasurable experience. You should clone this guy!” and “Arne did everything he said he would do and more!”Arne Dewitt

When not working as your community relocation specialist, Arne likes to unwind by participating in sports such as golf, fishing, and hockey. He also enjoys coaching boys’ sports and spending time with his sons, Wesley and Matthew. Arne is active in his church and donates time and income to individual charities.