Many people seek refuge indoors this time of year, when outdoor air is full of pollen and other allergens. For allergy sufferers, however, the air indoors can prove to be just as problematic.
Dust that collects in a home contains common household allergens such as dust mite particles and animal dander. If dust is disturbed from furniture, hard surfaces and carpet, those allergens can become airborne and reduce indoor air quality.
May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, and it is an excellent time to make your home cleaner and healthier by removing common household allergens and improving your indoor air. Even if you don’t have asthma or allergies, everyone can benefit from better indoor air quality.
To maximize your cleaning efforts while reducing allergens, consider these simple tips:
• Dust hard surfaces regularly with moist cloths or special dry dusters designated to trap and lock dust.
• Wash your bedding and linens often. Doing so can help you control dust mites in your home.
• Vacuum often. Although cleaning can sometimes trigger allergic reactions by releasing dust into the air, vacuuming floors once or twice a week will reduce surface dust and allergens. Make sure your vacuum has a high efficiency air filter to capture dust.
• Protect yourself when doing housework by wearing a mask. After cleaning, consider leaving for a few hours to avoid allergens in the air.
• Reduce pet dander. If you have allergies, don’t keep pets with feathers or fur, such as birds, dogs and cats in your home. Animal saliva and dead skin, also known as pet dander, can cause allergic reactions. If you already have a pet, keep it out of the bedroom.
• Shut out pollen. Inspect your windows for a film of pollen on the frame or sill. Prevent pollen from entering your home by keeping windows and doors closed.
More than 70 million Americans suffer from asthma and allergies. If you’re one of them, be proactive. A cleaner home is a healthier home.
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