What to do when it’s allergy season. All. The. Time.
5 tips to diminish the irritating effects of allergens around your home so you and your family can breathe easier.
- Clean the air
As your air conditioning pumps out cool air all summer long, the filter collects allergens like dust, pollen and dander. Replace the system filter regularly using a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter.
- Keep mold away
Any place water flows is a place mold likes to take hold. Check all pipes and faucets for leaks and make necessary repairs. Use bathroom ventilation fans after baths and showers, and make sure they are routed to move moist air outdoors.
- Use décor to reduce allergens
Deep-pile carpeting, drapery, and fabrics can all collect allergens that get stirred up and create allergic reactions. Opt for smooth floors – like wood, ceramic or linoleum – with area rugs than can be easily laundered. For furniture, opt for leather or slipcovers that can go in the washer.
- Reduce clutter
The more knickknacks and stuff in your house, the more places allergens can collect. Reduce the clutter and you’ll reduce the allergens accumulating in your home.
- Plan what you plant
When landscaping, choose plants that produce a minimum of pollen. With some tree species, the female plants produce less pollen than their male counterparts. Talk to your local nursery staff to find out which ones will work for your yard.
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