Controlling Allergies In The Home

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Whether you’ve moved to a new house, or you’ve got problems with your current one, allergies can be one of those things that threaten to make your life miserable. While the source can be obvious, such as pets, sometimes there’s something you can’t put your finger on. And everyone’s sneezing all the time or the tissue supply is diminishing. But when everybody’s feeling stuffed up, we’ve got to find a way to minimise allergens in the home. How can we do this?

Minimising Mould And Damp

Rooms like the bathroom are hotspots for mould, grime, and mildew, which can begin to float in the air and set off allergic reactions. You can purchase mould resistant paints, but also get into the habit of airing out the bathroom after baths or showers. There can be mould thriving in part of the home you don’t think about. Take the opportunity now and again to inspect parts of the property you don’t normally look at.

Getting Into The Best Cleaning Habits

Prevention is better than cure. And even if you think you’re pretty savvy when it comes to cleaning, such as dusting on a regular basis, remember, if you dust like clockwork, you could be putting these allergens back into the air which can trigger breathing issues. When dusting, use a treated cloth or a damp one that attracts dust. And also think about decluttering as much as humanly possible. Allergens can get trapped in the carpet, so take the opportunity to hoover when you can, but if you’ve got a carpet that is particularly difficult to clean, investing in a steam cleaner will help to bring out dust and hair that has been eternally trapped.

Purifying The Air

Keeping the air free of allergens is easier said than done. When you have air conditioning, this can cause a lot of the allergens to remain trapped in the air. And if you have a specific air conditioning system, like the Carrier brand, there are specialists that provide Carrier AC repair and can look at the system to see if it’s functioning at its optimum. Sometimes, it’s as simple as removing or replacing the current air filters, which can help you feel the benefits in the air. But there are other ways to purify the air, such as humidity controllers and air purifiers with a HEPA filter.

Look At The Symptoms

If you’re all sneezing, then there’s one likely cause. But if it’s only one of you, maybe there’s a specific allergy that needs to be minimised. Food allergies are common now, and if you believe yourself to have one of these, look at how you feel after you’ve had the suspected ingredient or take part in an elimination diet. This is where the food is removed for at least 3 weeks, and then reintroduced back in.

Allergens in the home can take many forms, and while there are some ways to control them, the best method is to prevent them in the first place.


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