Spring brings us warmer weather, bright new flowers, and longer days. Unfortunately for some, spring also brings annoying allergies that make you feel like your head might explode.
Outdoor allergens like pollen from budding trees and windy days can cause extra irritation when combined with indoor allergens like dust, dander, and mold, making it the perfect recipe for an allergy attack.
Common symptoms of allergies are itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and trouble breathing. These symptoms are enough to ruin anyone’s day, but thankfully, there are things you can do to lessen the effects of allergies in your home.
Here are our top three tips for keeping your home allergen-free this spring.
1. Dive into spring cleaning
The potential to be triggered by allergens increases when dust builds up, so giving your home a deep cleaning can help you stay healthy. In addition to sweeping and mopping, consider focusing on areas that are prone to collecting allergens.
Textiles and fabrics are major problem areas when it comes to allergens. Be sure to wash your sheets, pillows, blankets, and soft kid toys once a week in hot water to thoroughly clean them.
Protecting your mattress and pillows with an allergen cover can keep you from getting irritated at night. Allergen covers can kill dust mites effectively, so you can sleep in peace.
2. Practice pet allergy prevention
Many people find pet dander and saliva to be irritating. Contrary to popular belief, there really aren’t any 100% hypoallergenic breeds. Getting rid of your well-loved pet might not be an option, but there are ways you can help your allergies.
Washing and brushing your pets once a week and washing their bedding can help keep their dander down. Make sure not to skip grooming sessions for long-haired dogs, and talk to your groomer about haircuts that can cut down on shedding.
Keep pets out of carpeted areas and make sure to sweep, mop, and vacuum at least once a week.
3. Tackle mold problems
Mold is one of the main causes of indoor allergies, especially because it’s often hidden out of sight and hard to get rid of.
Mold typically lives in wet areas like bathrooms and kitchens, but it can be lurking anywhere in your home. When you see mold, clean it with a bleach solution and a brush until it’s gone.
If the mold seems to cover more than about 10 square feet, you should consider hiring a professional to remove it. If you live in a humid area, consider buying a dehumidifier for your house.
Replace your air filters at least four times a year to keep your HVAC system in the best condition possible and to prevent blowing allergens through your house.
4. Use an air purification system
Whole-house air purifiers are designed to connect to your existing HVAC system and clean the air in your entire home. This is a great option for those who live in polluted areas or who still suffer from allergies even after cleaning well.
Whole-house air purifiers come in a variety of sizes and models and offer a hands-off approach to cleaning the air in your home.
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