23 May 2019

6 Tips for Reducing Home Allergens

Do you sniffle, cough, and sneeze when you spend time in your home? You may be one of the more than 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies. There are simple things you can do to help yourself feel better. Try these easy ideas to reduce allergens in your home all year long.

Try a Dehumidifier 
Ample rain and humid weather add moisture to the air, creating a breeding ground for mold, mildew, and dust mites. If you see beads of moisture on your windows and doors, take action before harmful pathogens aggravate your family's allergies. Ask a professional to install a dehumidifier to reduce the amount of water in the air. You can set a dehumidifier to run until a certain humidity level is reached to keep the air dry and comfortable.

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Mites can live in dust and trigger allergy symptoms. Using dry dusting cloths can spread dust and pet dander through the air. Instead, use a treated or damp cloth to help trap the dust in the fabric, and change or clean your dust rags after each use.

HEPA filters also help remove dust mites, animal hair and dander, dirt, and other allergens from the air. Clean your carpets regularly using a vacuum with a HEPA filter. You can also alleviate allergies by running an air purifier that includes a HEPA filter. Trapping allergens in a HEPA filter will help stop your heating and cooling system from circulating contaminated air.

Clean Vents and Change Filters 
Help your HVAC system work more efficiently by changing air intake filters and cleaning the vents throughout the home. When dirt and dust get trapped in the filters and vents, the system has to work harder to keep conditioned air circulating through each room. Don't forget to clean the dryer lint trap and exhaust hose as well.

Wash Bedding and Bath Linens 
Fabrics in your home create a comfy spot for allergens to live. Make sure to wash your bed linens and towels in hot water often to kill dust mites. You can also choose allergen-resistant pillowcases and sheets. Wash your throw rugs and bathroom mats each week as well.

Choose Green Cleaning Products 
When you clean, you may be adding allergens to the air. Cleaning solutions that include harsh chemicals can leave residue and odors in the air that trigger allergic reactions. If you're affected by traditional soap and cleansers, try organic options.

Going green doesn't have to be expensive, though. You can make organic cleaning solutions with household staples like vinegar and lemons.

Keep Pollen Outside 
You love the smell of fresh air throughout your home. Be mindful of when you open your windows if you're allergic to pollen, however. Pollen comes in on the wind, especially in the early morning hours. Keep the windows closed during this time. In addition, use your clothes dryer instead of handing your clothes outside to dry.

Take these simple steps to reduce allergens in your home year-round. Keeping the air and surfaces in your home free of dust, dirt, and pet dander can help alleviate allergy symptoms.

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