Many people throughout the world suffer from allergy symptoms which are caused by triggers. The triggers found in the home can be particularly aggravating because people spend the majority of their time there. The good news is that many people suffer unnecessarily, and you can actually reduce or perhaps even eliminate those symptoms while in the home by removing the triggers. With that in mind, let’s consider the most common allergy triggers that people deal with in their homes.
- Dust is the most common of all allergy triggers. You can’t eliminate dust entirely. However, you can control it in a significant way, and you achieve that by dusting and vacuuming on a regular basis. Dust and vacuum at least once a week and more often if possible. Prefer wet dusting to normal dusting, and opt for a vacuum with a HEPA filter, which will cut down on dust simply being redistributed.
- Dust mites are found wherever people are because they feed on the skin we shed. You can largely control the dust mite presence in your home by controlling the dust levels. However, dust mites also reside in bedding, and in order to combat those, you’ll have to wash your bedding on a weekly basis in water that’s at least 130 degrees F.
- Endotoxin is a toxin released by bacteria, and if the presence is high enough, which is rare, it can lead to septic shock. The most common source of endotoxins in a home is dust. Bacteria become trapped in the dust and then emit the endotoxins over time.Endotoxins can also be found in high levels wherever there is a significant amount of filth, mold, pollen and so forth.
- Soot isn’t an allergen that people usually associate with the indoors. However, soot is found in the exhaust from vehicles, and that often does make its way indoors. In fact, people who live near busy roads often have their indoor air quality substantially compromised by the sheer amount of soot. The best way to manage a soot presence is to ensure that the home has adequate air filtration.
- Mold The problem with mold and mildew is that the mold spores exist as an allergy trigger before you ever smell or see the presence of the colony. The only way to prevent mold is to perform regular inspections of the home and to hire a professional at the slightest sign of trouble. However, ensuring proper ventilation and air filtration can help prevent mold spores from being present in the air even in the face of a large mold presence.
- Pet Dander is such a severe allergy trigger that many allergy sufferers choose to forego pets altogether. There are, however, alternatives. In addition to proper ventilation and air filtration, you can overcome pet dander issues through regular cleaning and by keeping the pets out of the bedrooms.
- Pollen is the trigger that most people associate with allergies, and it’s usually necessary for an allergy sufferer to avoid going outdoors during the peak periods. It’s also necessary to ensure that pollen doesn’t compromise the indoor air, and to do that, you’ll have to use AC rather than open windows, ensure proper ventilation and have optimal air filtration throughout the home.
- Cockroaches, ants and all the other insects that invade our homes are a considerable problem for allergy sufferers because they create a great deal of waste. If faced with a pest problem, hire a professional immediately. Store bought remedies may help, but they’re generally less cost-effective and can often introduce other asthma triggers.
The best way to combat allergy triggers in the home is to invest in an air purifier that uses high-energy particulate air, HEPA filter technology. It’s filter solution removes 99.7 percent of particulates such as dust, mold and pet dander. HEPA is the preferred filtration technology by the U.S. Department of Energy as well as most hospitals and military installations around the globe. A HEPA air purifier is often the most productive and cost-effective way to eliminate allergy triggers from the home.
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