Ah-Ah-Achoo: Reduce Your Allergies During House Painting
It makes sense to get the interior of your house painted during the summer since the heat will help to dry the paint quickly, and this minimizes the amount of time you will experience disruption in your home. However, as an allergy sufferer, house painting is going to add a new set of triggers that could make your symptoms worse if you are not prepared. There are two ways you can plan ahead to reduce the amount of allergy irritation you experience while the painters are at your home.
Before the painters can put paint on your walls, they need to make sure the surfaces are completely flat, and this will involve sanding. Sanding creates minute particles of dust that can travel far in the air, and the next thing you know everything you own is covered in a fine layer of dust. While the dust is moving, you are going to inhale the particles through your nose and throat while breathing, so you want to confine the dust as much as possible.
Whether the rooms being painted have a door in place or not, the use of a thick plastic sheet over all entrance points to a room is one way you can confine the dust. You can purchase pre-cut thick sheets of plastic at your local hardware store. They can be attached to the top of the door frame using masking tape. Make sure you buy a sheet that is bigger in both width and height than the door frame, and that will make sure the dust stays in the room being sanded.
Air Conditioning Filter
Another way you can trap the excess particles that are going to be travelling through the air is to change your air conditioning filter before the work commences. By having a fully clean filter on the same day as the work starts, you know your filter is going to be able to catch all the ultra-fine airborne particles, because it is not already blocked from your day-to-day living.
You need to know whether your air conditioning unit has a disposable filter or a reusable filter before the job commences. If it is a disposable filter, purchase a replacement one at your hardware store. If it is a reusable filter, take it outside and give it a thorough scrub down and then wash so it can fully dry before the painting work commences. If you do not know what type of filter your air conditioner uses, give the manufacturer a call to ask.
The most drastic option to take when the painters are coming to your home is to relocate somewhere dust-free if you know their working conditions are going to cause you allergy misery. However, by putting these two tips to good use, you can keep your sneezing to a minimum while the decor of your home gets refreshed.