You may not be thinking of allergies yet, but allergy season is here. It’s a good time to start thinking about what steps need to be made to help reduce allergens once the high pollen count arrives.
Change Air Filters
If your parents’ HVAC system uses an air filter, purchase the air filters now. Be ready to change that filter as soon as the furnace is no longer needed. A clogged air filter keeps pollen and other particles from being cleared from the air.
Thoroughly Clean the Home
Do a full cleaning of the home. Steam clean carpets, steam clean wood and tile floors, and steam clean upholstery on sofas, recliners, and armchairs. You also want to wash all bedding, dust everything, and take down and dry clean or wash curtains.
When you’re doing the full deep clean, be sure you wipe down lampshades and lamp fixtures to remove dust, pet hair, and other allergens from those. Clean under the refrigerator, sofas, and chairs. Move tables and other furnishings to clean up dust and pet hair trapped behind them. A home care provider can help your senior with upkeep around the house that may be too difficult for them to do.
Look for Leaks
After a cold winter, check for leaks under the sink, around pipe shut-off valves, and at drains. If there are leaks, the moisture could lead to mildew as the weather warms up. Take care of those issues now.
Roof leaks are also important to address. Have the roofing tiles or shingles replaced to patch a leak or have the entire roof replaced if it’s older and leaking in multiple areas.
Invest in a HEPA Air Purifier
Consider buying a HEPA air purifier for your parents’ bedroom and living room/family room. Not only will an air purifier pull dust from the air, but the system can also trap and remove bacteria and odors from the house.
If they already own air purifiers, clean out the filters and inspect for rips and damage. It might be time to install new filters, even if the filters are designed to last a lifetime.
When allergy season hits, make sure your parents have the support they need. It can be hard to keep the house clean when you can’t stop sneezing and you’re battling a runny nose and lack of energy. Home care providers can help out immensely.
Hire home care providers to keep up with dusting, vacuuming, and other household chores. Your parents will appreciate having help with the things they don’t have the energy to do on their own.