04 Jan Tips for Removing Allergy Triggers from Your Home
Allergy season is just around the corner and for many people that means months of coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes. There are some steps that you can take, however, to reduce the allergy triggers in your home.
Temperature and Humidity. Keeping your home too warm or too humid can create a breeding ground for dust mites and mold. You want to maintain a constant temperature at around 70 F and keep relative humidity at about 50%.
Change Out Filters Regularly. We recommend changing out the filters on your air conditioning and heating systems at least once a month. Filters provide a screen between the air in your home and the air outside, trapping lots of the particles that contribute to allergies.
Control Pests. Insect and rodent residue can trigger allergies and should be combatted by trying to remove the pests and vacuuming regularly. Consider purchasing insect bait and mouse traps from your local hardware store. Vacuum and mop on at least a weekly basis.
Weekly Cleaning. Even if you don’t have insect problems, a good weekly cleaning should help keep the allergen level down in your home. Mop wood and linoleum flooring and vacuum carpeting. Use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency air particle (HEPA) filter if you can.
Don’t Allow Smoking Inside. If you haven’t already, make it a strict rule that you won’t allow smoking in your home. Research suggests that people with allergies are more sensitive to cigarette smoke and that smoke can actually aggravate allergic symptoms.
Invest in Professional Cleaning. Another great way to rid your home of allergens is to have your carpets professionally cleaned by a company you trust. Professional cleaning extracts the dust particles and allergens that you can’t see or reach with a normal vacuum cleaner.