Many Americans welcome the coming of spring as it brings longer days, pleasant showers and an awakening of wildlife. However, for plenty of other Americans, the spring season is allergy season. Every year the dust, mold, and pollen reduce you to a sneezing, watery-eyed mess. But no more. According to Dr. Flora Sinha, there are many ways you can start reducing allergens in your home.
Combat Allergens in Your Home with These Simple Methods
Below are five simple ways you can take to begin reducing allergens in your home so that you can enjoy spring again.
#1: Dust Properly
You will save yourself time and effort if you use the proper dusting methods. When cleaning furniture, dust from top to bottom. This will prevent the spread of dust onto areas you have already cleaned.
Don’t use a feather duster or a dry cloth. Use a damp microfiber cloth because it traps the dust instead of merely rubbing it around in circles. Remember to clean out-of-reach areas as well, such as ceiling fans.
#2: Use the Best Vacuum Cleaner
Just as there is the right tool for the job, so too are there better vacuum cleaners for your home environment. Dr. Sinha recommends a bagless vacuum with a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. This machine will absorb a great deal more particulate allergens than your average vacuum.
#3: Use Proper Home Filters
Filters are like a computer firewall but for dust and pollen instead of malware and spam. Make sure that all your filters are in good shape and that they are cleaned.
The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology also suggests that you use air-cleaning units with HEPA filters and that the filters’ CADR (clean air delivery rate) is correct for the size of the room.
#4: Prevent Pollen Coming Inside
For those with allergies, pollen can be a nuisance. Keep your windows closed as much as possible and take your shoes off outside.
Your air conditioning will serve two purposes as it will keep you cool and stop the growth of mold and dust mites, which prefer humid environments.
#5: Habitually Clean Your Bed
Your bedding, sheets, and pillowcases can be a breeding ground for dust mites. Make sure to wash all of these every three weeks or so.
Your allergies may be a sign of a much bigger issue. Extensive mold or water damage can exacerbate your allergies, in which case you may need to contact a homeowner’s insurance specialist.
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