Although it’s simply not possible to get rid of every single allergen in your home, the good news is there are multiple steps you can take to drastically reduce the amount that are present. By completing the tasks we’re about to cover, you should be able to keep the allergy issues you and your family members experience to a minimum.
Create Clean Air
The first simple but effective way to combat pollen, dust mites and mold spores is by replacing your existing air filters with HEPA ones. While it can be nice to let in fresh air, try to limit that to either the late afternoon or evening. The reason is those are the times of the day when pollen counts are lowest. It’s also best if you can keep the humidity level in your home around 50%.
The more dust that is around your home, the more likely your family is to experience problems like runny noses. But even if you’re diligent about cleaning at least once a week, having stuff all over your home is going to make it difficult to get everything truly clean. That’s why it’s worth your time to cut as much clutter as possible. By doing your best to clear surfaces, you’ll be able to get any and all dust every time that you clean.
Be Mindful of Mold
Mold can be a major irritant of allergies. That’s why you’ll want to check your indoor water pipes on a regular basis for any signs of leaking. Since bathrooms are a magnet for moisture, use a nontoxic cleaner to thoroughly clean their walls at least once a week. And in terms of reducing the total amount of moisture in bathrooms, keep ventilation fans running for a full half hour after bathing or showering.
Keep Dust to a Minimum
In most homes, carpet is the number one culprit in terms of dust. If anyone in your family has serious allergy problems, it’s worth considering a transition to primarily tiled, linoleum or wood floors. However, if allergies are more of an annoyance than a serious concern, being diligent about vacuuming all carpet one to two times a week should be sufficient. It’s also useful to regularly use a vacuum attachment to clean the upholstered parts of furniture.
Understand the Impact of the Outdoors
If you’re thinking about any new trees for your yard, avoid ash, birch and maple. Instead, magnolia, double-flowered cherry and dogwood are better for minimizing allergies. In terms of flowers, violas, columbines, scabiosas, hostas and impatiens are your best options for adding beauty without irritants.
As you go through the process of helping your family avoid major issues with allergies, if you discover any other work that needs to be done around your home, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Regardless of how big or small the task is, you can always count on House Doctors to do quality work.
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