With the outdoor allergy season coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll prepare for indoor allergy season. Many allergy sufferers not only have to suffer through spring with its fragrant flowers and high pollen count, but they also have to suffer when the weather gets colder. Indoor allergies are caused by dust, dust mites, houseplants, pet dander, and many other allergens. Here are some tips on how to keep your home allergy free this year.
Keep it Clean
Keeping your home clean is one of the most beneficial steps you can take to drastically cut down on the amount of allergens in your home. Start by clearing up any and all clutter, especially under your bed and your sofas. Dust bunnies love clutter, and they’re one of the top indoor allergens. Continue to keep your home clean with regular vacuuming and dusting. Use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter and an easily changeable bag. When dusting, use a wet cloth or rag instead of a duster as dry dusting can send dust back into the air. Use a face mask when cleaning to reduce your exposure to indoor allergens or play it completely safe and hire a professional.
Switch Up the Materials
Certain materials such as the upholstery on your furniture or your wall-to-wall carpeting are traps for dust, mites, and other indoor allergens. Even with regular vacuuming dust and mites can live in your furniture and carpets. If you can, get rid of them. Switch out your upholstered sofa for one made of leather or other materials which hold fewer allergens. Hire a professional to tear up your carpet and put hardwood or tile flooring down. Buy zip up bed covers that protect your mattress and bedding from mites, bed bugs, and other microscopic allergens.
Filter the Air
Plants are great for natural air filters, but for people with indoor (or outdoor) allergies, plants can be a nightmare. If you love having plants in your home, opt for fake ones. They can look very realistic and can significantly cut down on your allergy suffering. As for air purifying, get an air purifier with a HEPA filter. These are great for cleaning the air by trapping tiny, microscopic particles and leaving your air free of dust and pet dander. Also, remember to switch out the filters in your heating and cooling systems regularly.
Other Simple Ways to Reduce Indoor Allergy Suffering
Now that the big three allergen reducers are taken care of, take a look at some of the smaller, easier ways to keep your indoor allergies at bay.
- Have a plumber check your bathroom and kitchen pipes for any signs of leaks. Mold is one of the most common indoor allergens and it thrives in humid areas.
- Don’t use scented candles, perfumes, incense, or air fresheners if you or someone else in your home has indoor allergies.
- Use doormats both outside and inside your doors to keep outside allergens from coming inside. Make sure to regularly wash your doormats. Also, get in the habit of having everyone take their shoes off after entering. That way any particles still left on your shoes won’t travel around the house.