Homeowners Local Update

Ways to Reduce Allergens in the Home

Allergies and asthma can be problems indoors just as much as outdoors, so it’s a good idea to reduce allergens in your home whenever possible. Here are some easy ways to do that:

  • Encase mattresses, pillows and box springs with dust-mite proof covers.
  • Wash your bed linens in hot water weekly.
  • Keep pets off of your beds – or, better yet, provide them with a sleeping area in another part of the home.
  • Remove any mold immediately since mold is a major allergen.
  • Replace air filters every 90 days.
  • During pollen season, keep your windows closed and rely on air conditioning.
  • Replace carpeting with wooden floors.
  • Use washable window curtains – and wash them on a regular basis.
  • Upgrade your vacuum cleaner to one with a HEPA filter.
  • Dust your entire home at least once per week.

Remember, you spend about one third of your time in the bedroom so if you are looking to make your home more hypoallergenic, that’s probably the first area to focus on.

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