We are growing to be more and more susceptible to allergies. Over half of the population has allergies and the majority of them are indoor allergies, such as from dust, mold, and from the pollen that finds its way inside. Your home should be your refuge, but it doesn’t feel like that when you’re constantly stuffing your nose with tissues and living with eternally clogged sinuses. Here’s how you win back your home from the allergens.
Control your airflow
If your allergies are related to pollen or anything that tends to come into the home from outside, then the obvious answer is to better seal the home. It’s tempting to open the window on muggy nights, but a fan can cause much better circulation of air while dehumidifying the air can make it much less humid. Keeping the airflow going about the home will keep the allergens from building up in one place, as well. If you come in from the outside, make sure you’re not contaminating the air indoors with pollen riddled outwear. Change out of it and put in a sealed hamper elsewhere.
Care for your HVAC and HEPA
There’s a good chance you’ll need the use of ventilation and air conditioning to keep the home in comfortable conditions while you shut off the outside world. However, allergens like dust and pollen tend to gather in these places, keeping it in one place while attracting mold at the same time. Clean and care for your air conditioner and your ventilation grates regularly. HEPA filters should be changed once a month, as well. Fail to do so and your airflow control will just be spreading allergens around the home.
Choose friendlier additions
There are certain fittings in the home that invite many more allergens, as well. If you have a problem with dust, it might be a wiser idea to choose allergen-resistant bedding like barrier covers for mattresses, pillows, and duvets. At the same time, you need to vacuum and wash that bedding regularly. Don’t ignore what’s above you, either. Isotherm insulation is dust and allergen free. That means that you’re not creating a haven for irritants above you that can easily creep down and infiltrate the home. When possible, ask if there are allergen resistant varieties to any fabric additions you make to the home such as curtains and furniture.
Cut the clutter
There’s nothing that allergens like mold, dust, and pollen love more than corners to gather in. If you really want to win the war against them, you need to take the time to declutter the home. A minimalist home with much less filler has a lot fewer spaces for them to crawl into. It’s also much easier to clean, meaning that your battle against allergens isn’t going to take you hours every week.
A cleaner home, a better-sealed home, a home with fewer allergen sources, and a home where ventilation carries fresh air, not allergen-riddled air, is a home that’s much easier to live in.