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Is Your Home an Allergy-Trigger? Here's How to Fix It

How clean do you think your inside air is? If you think that the air inside your home is clean, you could be wrong. In fact, sometimes the air inside our homes could be two to five times as polluted as the outdoor air! This is especially bad news for those who suffer allergies. Here are the best ways to allergy-proof your home this spring.

Reduce Mold Risk in the Bathroom

Install a ventilation fan in your bathroom so that you can easily prevent mold from developing and growing. It is wise to run the fan every time you take a bath or shower so that mold does not grow from the water and steam that fills the air. Also be sure to wipe down any cracks that can collect moisture, such as around the toilet and sink faucets.

Forget Air Fresheners

Air fresheners make the whole home smell better, but they are not good for your health or allergies. In fact, some plug-in air fresheners emit volatile organic compounds, which have been found to make respiratory problems worse. Air fresheners have also been known to trigger headache symptoms.

Invest in Dust Mite Covers

Cover your mattress, box spring, and pillows in specialized microfiber dust mite covers. They will prevent bed bugs from penetrating your bedding, which will in turn help you breathe easier at night.

Allergy-Proof Your Couch

Leather couches are a better furniture choice if you suffer from allergies. Leather couches will not harbor common allergens, such as dust mites like fabric ones do. If you choose to have a fabric couch, try using a HEPA vacuum on it weekly and wash the covers often.

The Right Vacuum

Have you ever wondered why some vacuums are so much more expensive than others? Certain vacuums have a HEPA filter and have been certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. These vacuums are worth investing in because they clean better and get rid of allergens better. Not only that, but they do not leak allergens and dust back into the air.

Invest in an Air Filter

Having one or two air filters in the rooms of the home will make a huge difference to the air quality. It is important to keep them running at night or whenever you spend the most time in the room. Also, be sure to change or clean the filter often.

The world is full of allergens and pollutions, but your home shouldn’t be a hot spot for them. Invest in ways to clean your indoor air, carpets, and furniture better, and your allergy symptoms will improve.

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