Allergy-Proof Your Home

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July 15th, 2008

If you suffer from seasonal allergies you know just how awful the sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose and sapped energy can really be and you know just how important prevention of these allergy symptoms can be to your health and your sanity. While over-the-counter products can do wonders, there are also ways that you can help reduce the allergens found in your home so that even when the outdoors is awash with pollen, spores, mold and dust, your home can be one place where your allergies aren’t quite as bad. How can it be done? While there’s no way to eliminate all allergens from your home, there are some measure you can take to greatly reduce them and make your home a much more allergy-friendly place. Even better, it might not be as hard as you think.

One of the biggest things you can do to help reduce allergens in your home is to use air cleaners in the rooms where you spend the most amount of time. These machines help to filter out the particles in the air that are the cause of most allergies. If these aren’t an option for you, you can also have your home fitted with special filters that go into the heating and air conditioning ducts. This way, whenever you have the heat or air on in your home, you know that it will be cleaned as best as it can of airborne allergens like dust and pollen.

It is also essential to keep your home as clean and dust-free as possible if you’re trying to limit allergies. This can mean cleaning often, steam-cleaning carpets and removing as much dust as you can. Dust mites and pet dander, two big allergens call carpets home, so if you can, reduce the amount of carpet in your home in favor of hardwood floors. It can be a big expense, but it can pay off in the amount of sneeze-free time you can enjoy at home.

The other big change you can make in the home to prevent allergies is to carefully monitor all bedding. We spend a great deal of time sleeping each day, so it’s important to make sure that all blankets, mattresses and pillows are free from allergies. If you can’t afford to replace these, get allergy-blocking covers that go over them instead as a short-term fix.

You can’t eliminate everything in your home that could cause your allergies to flare up, but there’s plenty you can do to limit the amount of these substances that you’re exposed to. These are just a few ways to get you started on creating a home that’s a much more pleasant place to be during allergy season and year round.

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