Ways to Stop Indoor Allergies Before They Start This Winter
As temperatures fall in the winter, you close the windows so that you can stay warm and cozy inside. But did you know that sometimes air pollution is actually higher inside your house than it is outside your house? What’s more is that poor air quality can be harmful to those who suffer from allergies or asthma.
In addition to changing your air filter every month this winter, avoiding things like air fresheners and aerosol cleaners and banning smoking indoors, here are some ways to stop allergies before they start in your home.
Always Watch for These Allergens: Dust, Mold, and Pet Dander
Dust can wreak havoc on those with allergies. Start by decluttering your home (closets, bookcases and surfaces). Replace drapes with blinds that are easy to clean.
Choose vinyl, wood or leather furniture over upholstery. Dust a couple of times a week, either using a damp rag or a microfiber duster with telescopic handle. Start to dust at the top of the room (i.e. trim and ceiling corners) and work your way down to cover all surfaces
One of the biggest problem areas for mold growth is in the bathroom. Get in the habit of running the exhaust fan during and after your shower. Towel dry any pooling water. Scrape down shower and tub walls with a squeegee. Avoid having carpet or wallpaper in the bathroom.
To reduce the ill effects of pet dander, establish areas in your home where your pet isn’t allowed. Don’t allow them to sleep with you or to hang out on furniture where you spend a lot of time. Bathe them well once a week.
Wash Sheets Weekly
Wash your sheets every week in very hot soapy water and dry on high in the dryer as a way of getting rid of dust mites. It is recommended that you purchase protective allergy covers for your mattress, box spring, and pillows, as well.
Install Whole Home Humidifier
Dry winter air can make allergic skin conditions worse, as well as make it more challenging if you have respiratory problems (asthma). Install a whole-home humidifier as a way to circulate must-needed moisture back into your home. You’ll notice a difference in your skin right away.
Vacuum Carpets and Dust Rugs
If you have the choice, wood, vinyl or tile floors are the best options to reduce allergies. If you do have carpet, you need to be meticulous about vacuuming, as carpet fibers harbor allergens.
Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter built in to trap and rid your carpet of allergens. Make sure that you remember to vacuum your furniture as well.
If you have small throw rugs, throw them in the fluff cycle in your dryer weekly. If they are larger, you need to take them outside to shake them out.
Set Humidifier to 50% Maximum
We’ve listed the benefits of moist air if you have allergies. If you put too much moisture in the air, it can be problematic, as very moist air promotes mold growth. To combat that, set the humidifier to 50%, max.
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