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Removing Allergy Triggers from the Home

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Most people with allergies suffer far more than they have to. As a society, we put so much focus on medication, and don’t give nearly enough attention to controlling our environment and managing our triggers. Take control of your allergies. Read the strategies outlined below, and incorporate them into your routine.

 

 

Bedroom

  • The bedroom is the most important room in the house. Ensuring proper sleep will make you happier and healthier, and it will put your body in the best position to combat allergies and other ailments.

  • Keep all pets out of the bedroom. The bedroom should be your sanctuary.

  • Wherever possible, replace carpeting with hard surface flooring such as hardwood, ceramic tile or stone.

  • Vacuum all remaining carpeting frequently using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

  • Cover all pillows and mattresses with dust mite proof encasements.

  • To control dust mites, wash all uncovered bedding in hot water (130+ degrees Fahrenheit) every week.

  • Use easy-to-clean shades rather than washable curtains and conventional horizontal blinds.

  • When buying new furniture, keep cleanliness in mind.

  • Keep the bedroom clutter free. Clutter may seem harmless, but it’s a dust trap.

  • Use a portable air purifier. Locate it in the bedroom. A medical-grade

  • HEPA air purifier removes nearly all the particles that trigger allergies.

Living Room

  • Wherever possible, replace carpeting with hard surface flooring such as hardwood, ceramic tile or stone. Many people are attached to carpeting in the living area, but hardwood flooring with area rugs is just as beautiful and much easier to keep sanitary.

  • Vacuum all remaining carpeting frequently using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

  • Avoid upholstered furniture. Like carpeting, it acts like a dust trap that continuously releases allergens into the air. Leather, metal, plastic and wood are much better choices.

  • Use easy-to-clean shades rather than washable curtains and conventional horizontal blinds.

  • As with the bedroom, avoid clutter. In the living room, knickknacks are a common problem area.

Kitchen

  • Ensure that the stove top has a hooded ventilation system. The system should have an external exhaust.

  • Store all food properly and immediately. Don’t leave food out for extended periods of time.

  • Clean dishes immediately. Clean the sink and the faucet immediately after use.

  • Keep countertops and cabinets clean. Use hot water and natural cleaners, but avoid leaving behind excessive moisture.

  • Keep your refrigerator up to date. Discard food as soon as it reaches its pull date.

  • Every day, wipe the refrigerator for excessive moisture. Wipe any spills immediately.

  • Every week, clean the dripping pan, and inspect the refrigerator door seals and element.

  • Every week, inspect lower cabinets and under the sink for moisture.

  • Use a trash can with a tight seal that blocks insects and odors. Change the bag out in the evening every day regardless of bag capacity.

Bathroom

  • All bathrooms must have exhaust fans to reduce moisture.

  • After a bath or shower, run the exhaust fan for an additional 10 minutes.

  • After a bath or shower, hand-dry the tub, door and wall. Replace shower curtains and mats as soon as there is any sign of mold.

  • Opt for tile, linoleum and other easily washable flooring in the bathroom. Rugs are all right, especially to collect moisture near the toilet and bathtub. Clean these rugs frequently, and change them out at least every six months.

  • Avoid wallpaper. Use tile for walls or mold-resistant enamel paint.

  • Clean the sinks and toilet bowls every week. Fix any leaks immediately. Scrub the mold from plumbing fixtures once per month.

  • Install a high quality shower filter to assure that you are not breathing in chlorine vapors and bathing in chlorinated water.

Basement

  • Carpeting is a poor choice for basement areas. Avoid it as much as possible. If you must use carpeting, make sure it is easy to remove, clean and discard. Put plastic sheeting, called a vapor barrier, between it and the floor.

  • Avoid upholstered furniture. Like carpeting, it acts like a dust trap that continuously releases allergens into the air. Leather, metal, plastic and wood are much better choices.

  • Inspect the basement weekly for leaks as well as any damage to windows, stairwell and the foundation. Fix leaks and damage immediately.

  • Use a dehumidifier to maintain an optimal humidity level.

  • Clean the basement once a week.

  • If you use the basement for storage, store in sealable plastic containers.

Throughout the Home

  • Forbid smoking. Guests should smoke outdoors well clear of doors, windows, vents and so forth.

  • Avoid opening windows. Instead, use proper air conditioning and air purification. Use only natural air fresheners, such as optimally watered houseplants.  All others emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  • Cockroaches, mice and other pests can trigger allergies even at very small populations. If you’ve never done so, hire an exterminator immediately to inspect the house. Schedule a yearly inspection for entry points and the presence of pests.

  • Do not allow the house to be too hot or too humid. For most people, the perfect conditions are 70 degrees and 30-50 percent relative humidity. Try to maintain this at a constant level year-round. You may need to employ dehumidifiers throughout the house to do so.

  • Replace furnace and air-conditioning filters each month. Replace air purifier filters regularly, per the manufacturer’s guidelines. Professionally clean air ducts and other ventilation once per year.

  • Keeping windows closed and maintaining low humidity throughout the house should stop the presence of mold. Nevertheless, do a whole-house self-inspection every quarter.

  • Develop a weekly cleaning routine. Dusting followed by vacuuming with a HEPA filter is one of the best steps you can take toward managing indoor allergies.

  • When dusting, don’t forget the tops of windows and doorways. These are often a problem area because they are easy to overlook.

HEPA

Several times throughout this article, we’ve mentioned HEPA, which stands for high efficiency particulate air. What a HEPA filter does is remove 99.97% of all particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. Most allergens are larger than 0.3 microns, so using a HEPA air purifier in the bedroom can have an amazing effect on your overall comfort level and your indoor air quality.

Clean Air Plus sells only the best HEPA air purifiers from top brands. Many of these units also have an activated carbon component, which removes chemicals, gases and even odors. A comprehensive portable HEPA air purifier can have a dramatic effect on the health and happiness of your family. Your family deserves it. Don’t put this off another moment. Order your HEPA air purifier from Clean Air Plus today.

 

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