It’s well documented that indoor allergens can trigger a number of health issues and have a tendency to flare up during certain times of the year – especially winter!
Dust, pet dander and mold are among the most common of these indoor allergens. There are plenty of ways to reduce the impact of these allergens, but one of the most effective is to address the problem at its source. Although it’s virtually impossible to eliminate all of these particles in your home, it’s certainly possible to reduce them.
Here are a few ways you can cut down on indoor allergies this winter.
Wash & change your bedding! Dead skin cells are a major component of dust, so the places where we sleep and relax are a jackpot for dust mites. Dust mites are small, microscopic pests that feed on – you guessed it – dust! Dust mite droppings are known to cause some big problems for allergy sufferers. Since they tend to dwell in areas close to human contact, it’s a good idea to wash your sheets, comforters, pillow cases and any type of fabric laying on your bed. You can take extra precaution against dust mites and other indoor allergens with an allergen proof mattress protector which can be found at most big box stores.
Give your pets a bath - If you have pets, it’s no surprise that they’re a key contributor to indoor allergies. All pets with fur – and even some without – will shed what’s known as dander. Dander, like the dust we find in our homes, is made up of dead skin cells and hair from our furry friends. Give your dog or cat a bath at least once a week to help stop the shedding of dander in your home. Not only will this help with allergies, but your pet will thank you too!
Clean, clean, clean! Are you noticing a common theme among these tips? If so, you can probably guess what the last one will be! Try to keep your house as clean and dust-free as possible to avoid allergen buildup that scatters throughout the air. Vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters do a fantastic job at eliminating allergens where other vacuums fall short. If you have hardwood floors, wash your baseboards and corners where dust can collect with antibacterial soap and hot water about once a week. And make sure to sweep and dust whenever you see a buildup!
By following these tips, you can help get rid of some of the major causes of indoor allergies. If that isn’t enough, give us a call for a duct cleaning. We’ll remove dust and other allergens from the inside of your ductwork which can circulate in your home. Get our 50% off special pricing when you invest in a humidifier for your home!