How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
Summer is back, and so are many people’s allergies. Most of you may think that allergies are only common in spring. That’s not surprising since pollen is one of the most common causes of allergy. Aside from that, animal dander, dust mites and dust also causes allergy. These allergens are not necessarily brought about by spring or summer season, rather they originate inside your home.
There are some simple steps you can take to minimize allergies in your home. Here are some of them.
Use air conditioner
Air conditioners do not only help you keep cool this summer, they also help allergy sufferers keep their allergies under control. For allergy sufferers, experts suggest that you close the windows and run an air conditioner to get rid of outdoor allergens and pollens.
Change your air filters
Summer heat requires an air conditioner. However, dirt and debris tends to collect in the air filters of air conditioning units, causing allergic symptoms like stuffy nose, itchy throat and watery eyes. That said, it is important to change your air filters every 3 months and once a month from early spring to autumn.
One of the best ways to control indoor allergens is to get rid of dust. Dust may contain substances that may trigger allergy or asthma symptoms. The simplest, yet most effective way of controlling irritating dust and allergens from accumulating is to vacuum twice a week. Also, it is best to use a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter on your vacuum. These filters will help you catch more dust, pollen and pet dander than you would with a standard filter.
If a member of your family suffers from allergies or asthma, consider getting an air purifier. They are designed to capture dust mite fragments which have become air borne. When buying an air filter, be sure to get one that is big enough for the room where you plan to use it.