Ways to Reduce Allergens in the Home

If you or a family member suffers from allergies, hay fever or asthma, here are steps you can take to reduce indoor allergens.

Hardwood floors with washable area rugs are best. If your home is carpeted, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. Keep windows closed and rely on air conditioning during pollen season to keep your home cool and dry.

Wash your bedding weekly in hot water – and use dust-mite-proof covers on your pillows, mattresses and box springs.

Consider replacing upholstered sofas and chairs with furniture made of leather, wood, metal or plastic.

Install an electronic air cleaner and change furnace filters regularly.

Always run the bathroom exhaust fan when using the shower or bath.

Keep the humidity level in your home between 30 and 50% to prevent mold growth.

Some steps may be more effective than others, depending on what particular allergies you have.

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