A great way to avoid suffering from allergy symptoms is by controlling your exposure to the allergens that trigger your allergies. Below you will find 5 ways to allergy-proof your home:
1. Use A/C to Cool Your Home
Instead of opening windows or using window fans, cool your home by using an air-conditioning unit in order to keep pollen, ragweed, and other allergens from entering your home.
Be sure to change your A/C filter every month. This is very important because once the A/C filter gets clogged with too much dust and particles it will stop working properly and your A/C unit could actually start spreading allergens all over your home!
2. Wash Bedding Regularly
Wash pillow cases, sheets, blankets and comforters at least once a week in hot water setting. Dry your bedding in the dryer, as opposed to hanging them outside to air-dry.
If you have any pets, keep them outside of your bedroom and especially do not allow them to get on your bed. If they do so, wash the bedding immediately.
3. If You Can, Get Rid of Carpet
If it’s a possibility for you, always choose hardwood or linoleum flooring over carpet. However, if getting rid of your carpet is not an option, make sure that you vacuum the entire carpeted area at least once every week and try to use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
4. Avoid Letting Mold Grow in Kitchen and Bathroom(s)
Wash the dishes every day and scrub the sink to remove all mold and food debris from the kitchen sink.
Every time you take a shower, towel-dry the tub and enclosure to reduce the chance of mold growing there. Clean your bathroom every week and scrub mold from the tub, shower, sink and faucets with bleach. Don’t forget to replace moldy shower curtains and bath mats.
5. Control Level of Humidity in Your Home
A humid home is the perfect breeding ground for mold and dust mites. Make sure that the humidity levels inside your home are never over 50% and try to keep the temperature in between 68 F and 72 F.
Avoidance is the key to controlling your allergies, but it will not solve the problem and it cannot guarantee that you will never experience allergy symptoms. Click here if you would like to read more about ways to treat your allergies.