Springtime brings a case of the sneezes and allergy irritations every year for many people. Reducing contact with things that trigger your allergies is the first step for controlling them. Even if you don’t personally suffer from allergies, cutting out allergens can still be a healthy choice. Studies have found that dust in your home can contain potentially harmful substances such as phthalates and flame retardants. So how can you avoid allergens in your home?
Control Your Air
It may be tempting to open the windows during spring to let that fresh air in – but is it really so fresh? Opening your windows allows allergens from outside to enter your home. Try cooling off with your A/C unit instead. This can also help lower the humidity and make it harder for mold and dust mites to grow.
Be sure to maintain your A/C, though. For window units, clean the filter regularly and watch out for little black dots around openings where the cool air comes out. This may indicate there’s mold inside and that it’s time for a new unit. For central A/C, go with a high-efficiency disposable filter and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how often to change it.
Try an Air Purifier
Portable air purifiers remove pollutants from the air, which is great for those with allergies. An air purifier can only work one room at a time, though. Be advised to stay away from “electrostatic precipitator” or “ionizer” purifiers, which can emit ozone and irritate your lungs.
Dust in your home can contain a number of nasty things – dust mites, mold, pollen, animal dander or fur, and even cockroach droppings. Vacuum weekly to get all the nasties out of your home. Those with allergies may want to consider a vacuum with a HEPA filter. Additionally, bagged vacuums release less allergens back into the air than bagless models when they need to be cleaned out.
Move to Showering at Night
By washing at night before bed, you rinse off the allergens that have attached themselves to you during the day and lower the risk of bringing those allergens into your bed.
Clean Your Bedding Correctly
Dust mites, microscopic creatures that feed on dead skin cells, can accumulate in the fabric of your bedding. This is especially troublesome if you’re allergic to them. Wash sheets and pillow cases regularly. Some washing machines have a built-in heater with a sanitation setting, but an extra wash may help remove more allergens. Consider buying “woven fabric” sheets with a fabric pore size of 6 micrometers or less. This means that a dust mite can’t penetrate the fabric.
Keeping your home clean and allergen free will both allow you to relax more and help you to maintain it better. You should take pride in your home and taking care of it is a huge part of home owning.
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