Allergies are a real problem for millions of Americans. Popular allergens can be found outdoors such as pollen or indoors such as dust.
The top indoor allergens are dust mites, pet dander, mold spores and cockroach particles. Symptoms can include a stuffy or runny nose, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and in some cases asthma.
Here are a few ways you can cut back on indoor allergens and make your home an easier place to breathe.
- Control dust as much as possible. Keep surfaces uncluttered and dust frequently. Use cleaning tools such as microfiber that catch dust instead of just dispersing it back into the air.
- Vacuum once or twice a week. Make sure that your vacuum is equipped with a HEPA filter for optimal results.
- During peak pollen season keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
- Regularly wash bed linens and towels and use hot water to do so.
- Reduce moisture build up by running ventilation fans in bathrooms and kitchen.
- Keep pests like cockroaches and mice out of the home with regular treatments or traps.
- Maintain an overall cool temperature in the home (between 68-72 degrees) and humidity no higher than 50 percent.
- Have pets? Bathe them once a week to cut down on pet dander.
How do you maintain an allergen free home?