Follow These 6 Steps to Winter Allergy-Proof Your Home
You count on being able to retreat into your home to keep you safe, warm and dry. However, if you have allergies, the air in your home can cause you more harm than good. Activities, ranging from managing moisture to rigorous cleaning practices and small home maintenance tasks can go far to make your home allergy free.
Here are our six best tips on how to allergy-proof your home this winter.
Carpets and upholstery are hotbeds for dust mites and other allergens. Ideally, you should have wood, tile or vinyl floors, but you can cut down on dust mites by often vacuuming (twice a week minimum). Only use a vacuum with a HEPA filter built in, because otherwise, vacuuming will stir the dust up and aggravate your allergies. Take throw rugs outdoors and shake them out.
Whole Home Solutions
Consider installing a whole house humidifier. Appropriately moist air can alleviate some ailments, including dry skin and eczema, which is a very common condition for those with environmental allergies or asthma. Having a whole home solution is easier than having to go around and maintain several different units in different rooms.
Proper Humidity Setting
Always have your humidifier set at 50%. If you run it up higher than that, you are creating an environment that is prime for mold to grow. Mold is an allergen that can cause major problems for people with allergies. It’s ok to have it set between 40-50% but never higher than 50%.
Plan of Attack Against Allergens
You are most likely to find mold in the kitchen and the bathroom. Make sure that there is an exhaust fan for ventilation and clean the sink out daily of food matter. In the bathroom, always run the fan for at least 30 minutes after showering. To keep pet dander to a minimum, bathe and brush your pet often and confine their movement in the house (i.e. don’t let them sleep in your room, climb on your bed or on couches where you are regularly).
Remove “dust collectors” from your home, including stacks of books, stuffed animals, and toys in children’s rooms and knick knacks. Keep laundry hampers out of the bedrooms. If possible, opt for wood floors instead of carpet.
Hang the No Smoking Sign
Smoking indoors can seriously harm the air quality, as well as release a host of allergens into the air. It can trigger asthma attacks and worsen allergy symptoms.
Wash Bedding in Very Hot Water
On a weekly basis, wash all bedding in boiling water (at least 130°F) and then put on high heat in the dryer. The extreme heat is enough at killing dust mites. Encase the mattress, box spring, comforter and pillows in a protective covering, which will prevent dust mites from making your bedding their home.
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