Many of us suffer allergies all year long and not just seasonal. With winter coming and we’re spending more time indoors, allergens may build up and cause a reaction. To ease the symptoms of allergies and reduce our suffering through the winter, here are 6 tips on managing allergies in the home.
Stay on top of the Dusting – Weekly Vacuuming and Dusting doesn’t just keep the place clean, it helps improve the air quality of your home. Using a vacuum with a built-in HEPA filter is a boon to ridding the home of allergens. Pick a good duster that traps the dust and doesn’t cause flyaway, which just spreads the dust around and is ineffective and can even be a trigger for allergies.
Reduce the Clutter – Old newspapers and magazines, junk mail, grocery bags, cans, and all those knick knacks and stuffed animals are a haven for dust, mites, mold and such. Get rid of them or to a minimum. Wash knick knacks and stuffed animals once a month in hot water to kill any dust mites or mold. Keep the recycling bins outside if you can.
Get a good Air Filter – A good quality air filter on your HVAC system will trap air particles and allergens and prevent them from recirculating around the house. A Professional Air Quality Expert can help you find the best air quality solutions for your home.
Use Dust Mite Proof Covers – Zippered Dust Mite covers for your beds, pillows and box springs will reduce dust allergies a great deal. Use polyester-fill pillows and comforters and not feather or down filling. Clean these once a week with a vacuum or a quick wipe.
Ventilate Well – Airing out your bathroom, basements and closets will help prevent mold from growing. Use a dehumidifier in the basement to remove excess dampness. Consider installing a good ceiling ventilation system to help circulation in your bathrooms.
Preventive Measures – Use simple preventative measures: don’t allow people to smoke in your home; close windows and doors when outdoor allergens like pollen are high; and sweep driveways and sidewalks of leaves to prevent them being tracked into the house. If you have pets, don’t allow them to sleep in the bedrooms with you or your children, and brush and bathe the pets often.
Using these 6 easy measures will help prevent or lessen allergy attacks and help make your home a comfortable sanctuary.