Allergy-Proofing Your Home For Spring

03/22/2018

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Tis the season for allergies! You might have noticed your spring allergies beginning to flare up as the warm weather starts returning, but the good news is that there are things you can do at home that will go a long way in making sure you’re protected from dust, mold, pollen, and other allergens. Here are five steps to allergy-proofing your home:

  • Remove the Clutter: Clearing all the rooms in your home of clutter will do a lot to deter allergens from hanging around. Old rags, newspapers, and clothes should either be put away in storage or thrown out. Plus, this makes it easier to clean regularly.

  • Clean the Air: If you have an air conditioning system, you should be using HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters. It’s also best to keep your windows closed when pollen in the air is high, which is usually during the early morning hours between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.

  • Bathroom: You should start by inspecting water pipes for any leaks or fixes that need to be done. The walls should be regularly cleaned with a non-toxic cleaner and you should also scrub away mold on pipes and fixtures.

  • Reducing Dust: Consider damp mopping regularly while also cleaning the walls and surfaces to limit dust. If you have carpeting, it would be best to vacuum once a week with a cleaner that has a HEPA filter.

  • Smart Landscaping: Adding maple and birch and ash on the landscape won’t do much to serve your allergies. Choose low-allergy trees like dogwood, double-flowered cherry, or magnolias instead.