Do you just want to run inside and hide once allergy season arrives? When the weather is nice you want to open windows and let the fresh air in. But, if you are an allergy sufferer, opening windows can be an invitation for pollen and other irritants to enter your home and worsen your symptoms. There are things you can do to reduce the number of outside allergens that come into your home. Using the following tips to reduce indoor allergens and help decrease the chances of the outside impeding on your life inside. Just be sure to wear a mask to avoid any issues while you clean.
Vacuum your carpets frequently. If you have pets, vacuum your furniture and curtains more often, too. If you’re in the market for a new vacuum cleaner, get one with a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high efficiency particulate air. This type of filter traps tiny particles. They are great for reducing pollen and dust.
Air purifiers can significantly reduce the dust inside of your house. Just like vacuums, air purifiers can have HEPA filters that cut down on the small particles that may irritate you. They come in different sizes. Research to see which brand and model is best for you.
Dusting the furniture in your home can have a significant impact on your allergies by reducing the amount of dust around you. Using a feather duster may not be a good idea. It can send more dust up into the air only to land somewhere else. A better option would be using a damp microfiber cloth. Although you will have to clean it after, the dust will get locked in the cloth rather than ending up back in air. It may be a little more work for you, but, well worth it for your nose and eyes.
Change your clothes immediately
Changing your clothes as soon as you get home will decrease the chances of spreading allergens from the outside into your home. First, choose a specific spot where you put your shoes and outerwear. Then, put your clothes in bag right away to prevent any pollen on your clothes from spreading inside. This is especially important if you have been gardening or in an area with a lot of grass or trees. Finally, wash your clothes as soon as you can. These steps will guarantee anything that has gotten on your clothes won’t follow you around and settle inside.
Cover your mattress and pillows
Purchase zip-covers for your mattresses and pillows. These covers can cut the amount of allergy inducing dust mites. Also, changing your sheets and pillowcases often is helpful to reducing allergens in your home.
Maintain your cooling systems
If you have air conditioners in your windows, make sure to clean the filters regularly. You can also have them professionally cleaned. Are you a do-it-yourselfer? You can purchase items to do it on your own. If you have a central air system, have it professionally cleaned. The build up inside of heating and cooling systems can scatter dirt and dust all over your house.
Following the tips above will ensure that you will be reducing allergens in your home. If you have any tips, please share them in the comments below. Thanks!