Allergies are a pain.
Indoor allergens can be a pain, but there are ways to reduce them.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children suffer from allergies in the United States. But no one likes dealing with a stuffy nose, itchy throat and watery eyes, especially in their own home. Unfortunately, allergens exist indoors year round. Use these tips below to help reduce the annoying effects of things like dust, mold and air pollution in your home.
Clean on a regular basis
Regular cleaning can drastically cut back on indoor allergens. Work with your family to set and maintain a cleaning schedule. Areas of focus should include dusting, vacuuming, and washing sheets and curtains. You should also scrub bathrooms to prevent mold and mildew buildup. If you have pets that live indoors, be sure to bathe them on a regular basis to keep them from tracking in outdoor allergens. Keep in mind that certain cleaning appliances, such as a vacuum cleaner, will have the opposite effect if their filters are not changed regularly.
Improve your indoor air quality
Most people don’t realize that their heating and cooling systems play a big role in keeping allergens out of the home. All modern systems have a filter that will clean the air before distributing through your house. These filters typically require replacement or cleaning every month, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you prefer to keep your windows open, keep in mind that pollen may enter through the screens. However, Prevention.com recommended installing pollen-proof screens to cut back on that issue. In addition to self-monitoring, there are a number of appliances designed to improve the indoor air quality of your home.
Though carpeting has a pleasant feel underfoot and can be a plus aesthetically, it can be a big source of allergens. Carpet collects and retains dust mites, pollen, and other allergy-causing particles. When you and your family walk across the carpet, these things are released back into the air to wreak havoc on your health. Where possible, replace carpeting with hardwood floors and use rugs. These decorative pieces are easier to wash and maintain than whole areas of carpet.
Keep your house at the right temperature
When searching for the perfect temperature for your home, remember two things: cool and dry. After all, heat and humidity create an environment in which mold, mildew, and other problematic substances grow. It can be useful to install a hygrometer in your home to monitor the humidity level. If it gets too high, run your dehumidifier to regain the balance. Additionally, run your air conditioner whenever necessary to keep the home from getting too warn.
De-clutter your space
Do you collect items from your travels? Perhaps you have a few photo frames on ledges and mantles. While these knick-knacks can add a personal element to your home, they also gather extra dust. Try to remove all unnecessary decoration from spaces you frequently use. This will cut back on allergens. If you would prefer to keep your treasures out and in sight, remember to dust thoroughly on a regular basis to prevent buildup.
When you are enjoying time in your home, the last thing you want to worry about is an allergy flare-up. By working to maintain a clean environment and adhering to the advice above, you can drastically reduce the number of allergens in your home. And fewer allergens could mean you are more comfortable and healthy in your house.