Steps to Allergy-Proof Your Home
Statistics show that allergies affect about 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children, and that number is steadily increasing more and more over time. Completing certain precautionary steps in your home cannot only limit your exposition to allergens, but it can also stop them from even developing at all. Here are some ways you can help make your home more allergy-proof:
Keep Home Cool/Dry: Decrease the buildup of mold and growth of dust mite by keeping your home cool and dry year-round. A study at Wright State University showed a significant decrease in allergens in homes that kept the relative humidity below 50%. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers can help maintain those humidity levels, so if you’re serious about maintaining the humidity, you can always buy a hygrometer at your local hardware store to accurately test the humidity levels in your home.
Vacuum Often: This is a must for homes with wall-to-wall carpeting. Experts recommend vacuuming at least once a week and using a special double-lined bag with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter which will wind up trapping more of the allergens that like to bury themselves in your carpet fibers.
Ventilate: A little fresh air never hurt, in fact, it may just help a lot in this case! If you don’t live in a humid area, open your windows and doors for a bit to circulate some fresh air inside. Combine it with a fan for even more air circulation! However, those with pollen allergies should be cautious when letting fresh air into the house. Last thing you want is to replace one irritant allergen with another!
Dust Frequently: Your home’s hard surfaces and floors can collect quite a bit of dust as well. Dust rags, damp mops and rags are the best ways to collect the dust instead of a feather duster, which is more likely to spread the allergens back into the air when being used.