No one likes allergies – the sneezing, coughing, and wheezing can start to become unbearable. Millions of people are allergic to things like hay, dust, dander, pollen, and more. Now that we’re in the middle of allergy season, people’s symptoms are flaring up and they are rushing to the pharmacy for antihistamines and other anti-allergy medicines. Moreover, dust can be tracked in the home from your shoes and clothing, it can get trapped and spread by your air conditioning system and can even be spread through the home on our vacuum cleaners. Here are 5 ways to create an allergy-free home.
- Keep the windows closed. Pollen, dust and dander can spread like wildfire during allergy season – typically in the spring and summer. Keeping your windows closed in the hottest months not only keeps the warm air out, but also it can keep allergens out as well. You can always open your windows at night when the air is cool and when outdoor allergens aren’t making their rounds. You might also want to seal your windows just for extra protection against allergens and pollutants that can enter through the cracks and travel through your home.
- Get rid of clutter. The more little things we leave out loose in our homes the more the dust has to cling to. So, if you want to really remove all the dust in your home, get rid of anything you don’t want, and find places to store the things you don’t consistently use. This can include furniture, knick-knacks and even old newspapers and magazines that could be piling up. This is especially important to do in the areas of your home where you spend the most time, like your bedroom and living room. Your allergies can easily flare up just from those clothes that are piling up in the corner of your bedroom.
- Get rid of mold in the bathroom. Our bathrooms can become safe havens for mold, which can become toxic if we let it build up to a certain degree. If this is the case, you should check for leaky faucets or pipes that might be causing mold to build up in the walls and you should always open the window or run the vent after a shower to allow for ventilation. Improper ventilation is a surefire way to let mold spread at exponential speed. In addition, you might want to install a humidifier to cut down the amount of moisture.
- Vacuum your carpets. Our carpets are the number one place where dust will not only settle, but also where people will drag outdoor allergens, like pollen and dander. If this is the case you are going to need an excellent vacuum, like the Miele Vacuum, which operates at very high efficiency and cuts out a a great majority of the indoor air pollutants that cause people’s allergies to flare up.
- Clean all the time. Dust and other indoor air pollutants can build up if you don’t do a daily cleaning of your home, especially during allergy season. Not only should you dust all your countertops, but also you should clean your window blinds and anywhere else you can’t see, like trims and crown molding. Your fight against allergies is best fought with a good duster.