Controlling your allergies and asthma all starts in the comfort of your own home. While the air outside might be loaded with spores and pollen, air inside of your home is loaded with animal dander, dust mites and even cockroach droppings. Did you know as many as 80% of all individuals are exposed to dust mites in their home and 60% with dog and cat dander? Cockroaches will often cause many people to struggle with an allergic reaction. By controlling the air inside of your own home, you can start to reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies.
Can you control allergies in the home?
By taking the time to properly clean your environment, you can significantly improve the quality of air in your home and reduce all of those pesky allergy symptoms. The main key is getting rid of the source of the allergens as quickly as you can. This includes overstuffed furniture, pets, stuffed animals, mattresses that aren’t encased, bedding that you cannot wash in hot water and carpeting if needed. There might be even more allergens lurking on your surfaces than what there are in the air. Allergens enter the air through dusting or just moving the air in your home around.
How can you reduce the allergens in your home?
1. Control the amount of dust mites in your home. Keep all of the surfaces in your home clean and free of clutter. Bare walls and floors are ideal, especially in your bedroom. If you have carpets, you want to make sure you are having a professional come in and wash them on a regular basis. Low-pile carpeting is always best. All pillows and mattresses should be put into a zippered cover. Encasing your mattress works far better at reducing allergens than buying one of those air cleaners.
2. Vacuum a couple times per week. Even once your carpets have been cleaned by a professional, you still need to make sure you are vacuuming them on a regular basis to prevent a bunch of contaminants building up in the carpet fibers. Make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter installed to prevent dust from flying all over the place. You can always throw a mask on when dusting and vacuuming as an added precaution if you are sensitive to dust. Use damp cloths for dusting. Step out of the home for a few hours after cleaning to give everything a chance to settle.
3. Minimize pollen by keeping your windows and doors shut. Use your air conditioner in warm weather to help control mites and reduce the humidity levels. Change your filters every month or two, especially if you are using a window unit.
While you might not be able to eradicate dust mites and other contaminants completely, there are things you can do to help minimize the amount of them that are allowed to contaminate your space. By getting your carpets cleaned on a regular basis, you can take control of the situation quickly and easily.