5 Tips for Keeping Your Home Allergen Free

Allergy symptoms are extremely inconvenient and uncomfortable. While there are many over the counter and prescription medications available on that mark to help alleviate these symptoms and keep you at ease, it is much better to avoid the situation altogether and be proactive whenever possible. Here are some tips you can apply today to keep you home allergy free and reduce your allergy symptoms.

  1. Be sure the air in your home is being filtered properly to reduce and remove allergens floating inside. You should be sure to dust and clean any air filters or vents on a regular basis. In addition, every few years these vents should be replaced. HVAC filters are ideal for the highest quality and performance. This can help reduce dust, dirt and other allergens that may be coming into your home from the air outdoors. In addition, be sure to get your air ducts cleaned at least once each year to clear out any lingering build up.
  2. Help reduce mold in your home by focusing on moist places. Try to keep the overall humidity of your house below 50%. Anything above this allows mold to develop, grow, and thrive. This is especially possible in wet places such as bathrooms, basements and even in kitchens! Try to clean out tight spaces and be sure to air out wet rooms that can get steamy such as a bathroom following a hot shower. This will help reduce mold growth in your home if you have mold allergies. Mold also develops in garages, near garbage cans, compost bins, or crawl spaces. You can actually purchase mold tests at your local home and garden center or hardware store to check for the prevalence of mold in these spaces. This will help you to determine if you need to get rid of mold or just take preventative measures. Dehumidifiers are another option available that can help keep humidity levels down in any area of your home.
  3. Reduce the number of allergen-fostering items in your home. Various items in your house can store allergens including dust. Try to limit the use of rugs, unnecessary decorative items, as well as some blinds or long, heavy shades. These are difficult to clean and so dust and other allergens are trapped in the fabric. If you must have these items, be sure to wash rugs and curtains frequently to reduce and eliminate any build up. As for decorative items, dusting is necessary. Consider using a Swiffer duster that will stick to and pick up the dust instead of spreading it around and pushing it into the air you breathe. Vacuuming carpets regularly will also be a great help in alleviating the build up of allergens.
  4. Keep the windows closed in your house as much as possible. Keeping out allergens such as pollen can be very helpful in eliminating your allergy symptoms. Windows should particularly be closed between the peak hours of 11 and 2 during the day. Also be aware of when pollen counts are high or when the wind speed is up by looking you’re your local weather updates. All of these factors can increase allergens coming in to your home through the windows and so windows should be sealed off when possible.
  5. Keep the inside out. While plants are nice, sometimes less is more. Plants can bring in pollen and other mites or allergens. In addition they can potentially foster the development of mold due to the soil. Firewood should also be stored outdoors even in the wintertime. Although it is convenient when you have a fireplace, wood can store unwanted allergens and sit in your home for extended periods of time.

While allergies are difficult to escape in your everyday routine, they are avoidable in your own home. Make sure you can relax and take a break from allergy symptoms by taking action to reduce allergens such as mold, dust and more in your home. Check out your ventilation system while learning about home heating and cooling faqs, or you can simply be more diligent about cleaning allergen collecting surfaces in your home such as rugs and curtains. Applying any of these tips will help alleviate your allergy symptoms tremendously so that you can lead a healthy lifestyle.

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