The severity of allergies varies among each person. Sometimes they’re seasonal; other times allergies afflict us year round. It may not be possible to completely eliminate allergies from our lives, but fortunately there are a few tips we can implement to reduce allergens in our home.
How to Allergy Proof Your Home
- Since shoes carry dirt, oil, grime, etc. adapt a shoe off policy in your home to reduce the amount of pollutants that are brought into your home and are embedded into your carpet.
- Vacuum daily. It’s easier to remove what’s causing allergies to ignite if they haven’t been stomped to the bottom of the carpet fibers for weeks. Adding this daily task may seem like a chore but your allergies will thank you.
- Have carpet cleaning professionals deep clean your carpet twice a year and replace carpet as necessary. Many suggest replacing carpet every 5-7 years but the shoe off policy should lengthen that time-frame.
- While we’re talking about floors, choosing hard surfaced floors over carpet can help allergy sufferers immensely. You’ll dust the floors more often than carpet (because you’ll be able to see it!) which will help get those pesky allergy inducers out of your home. Hard surfaced floors may seem like a greater initial investment, but when you consider the cost of replacing carpet every decade or so, you’ll save money in the long run.
- For those with heavy allergies, always choose a hard surface over soft. Window drapes, cloth couches and chairs, and dining room chair cushions all have an alternative that will reduce the amount of dust mites that can live in your home.
- Change your air filter every 30 days. If you have severe allergies, you may want to change it more often.
- Hot, humid houses are a breeding ground for dust mites. Keep your house around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and relative humidity about 50%.
- Animals – especially indoor/outdoor animals – bring additional allergens into the home. They not only bring dirt in from the outside, they often shed and/or have dander that can aggravate allergies.
- Clean sheets weekly, cover comforters, and wash your pillows.
- Encase mattresses and pillows with dust-mite proof covers elimiate those little pesks from burowing in the first place.
Do you have allergies? How do you allergy proof your home?
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