For those of us who suffer from allergies, sometimes getting through the day can be a daunting task. Symptoms ranging from itchy, watery eyes to a constantly runny nose contribute to making our lives miserable when our bodies are assaulted by allergens that they simply cannot deal with.
Fortunately, if you suffer from allergies or allergic asthma there are some steps you can take that will help to make your life much easier at home.
How to Allergy-Proof your House
You should know that trying to completely allergy-proof your home can be both time consuming and expensive. Some of the things that you can do, however, are fairly easy and do not cost a lot of money, so you might want to start out by tackling the easiest fixes.
- Pest control is a very important aspect of keeping your home free of allergens. Instead of having chemicals sprayed throughout your house, try using traps that can be purchased from a hardware store. You might also want to try using some electronic pest zappers that simply plug into your outlets.
- Temperature control – you want to maintain a temperature that is not too warm. About 70 degrees (or a bit lower) is ideal. You also need to ensure that the humidity in your home remains consistently low (typically no more than 50%).
- Change your air filters monthly. Even if you buy the types of filters that claim to keep your air clean for two or three months, don’t count on those guarantees. Change your filters at the same time each month so that you can keep on a consistent schedule.
- Vacuum and mop your floors once a week. Also, use a damp cloth to wipe down the tops of doors and windowsills. If you are the allergy sufferer in your home, either get someone else to do this dusty, dirty work for you or wear a dust mask for protection.
- Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home.
As you take care of these essential items throughout your home, you will need to think about which room you want to start seriously working on in your quest to rid your home of allergens.
For most people, the bedroom is the best place to start simply because we spend so much time in this room. The first thing you should look at is your flooring. If at all possible, remove the carpeting and replace it with hardwood or laminate flooring. If this simply isn’t possible, make sure you vacuum your carpet at least once a week.
Five Tips for Keeping your Bedroom Allergen Free:
- Hang curtains and blinds that are washable so you can easily clean them each week.
- Keep your windows closed at all times.
- Don’t let pets in your bedroom.
- Remove as much clutter as possible from your bedroom. You want to remove as many items as you can that collect dust, so remove any small knickknacks, stuffed animals, books, or magazines and store them away in a drawer or storage chest.
- Use dust mite-proof covers on your pillows and mattress, and make sure that you wash your sheets and comforter at least once a week.
If it is within your budget, you might also want to consider having double-paned windows installed throughout your home. These are excellent for preventing moisture buildup, which will help you to keep mold from developing in your home.
By Jamell Andrews