Home Remedies for Allergies
Allergens are everywhere, especially in your home. Did you know that more than a third of all people have allergies? Some only have mild allergies, while others have very severe allergies that can have a serious effect on their respiratory system. If you or someone in your household has allergies, eliminating allergens from the home may reduce the itchy eyes, runny nose, and respiratory issues that goes along with being allergic. Here are a few ways to minimize household allergens:
Your furnace is designed to catch dust, pollen, and other allergens. If you do not have an adequate filter in your furnace, every time you turn it on, it will allow those allergens to recirculate throughout your home. Replacing your furnace filter with an air filter that is more effective by eliminating air bypass will ensure that every time you turn on your air conditioning system, it blows out clean, healthy air. While there are lots of different brands on the market, one of the most effective furnace filters at eliminating bypass and catching and holding particles is the AirSafe 2000 Furnace Filter System.
Change your furnace filter regularly
Air filters in furnaces become less effective over time. Even if you buy one that is designed to last up to three months, the amount of pollution in your home can cause it to become dirty rapidly. If a filter is lasting longer than one to three months, chances are it is not working properly. Duct sealing, along with sealing the return air grille and a better filter may be the answer to improve efficiency. Make sure you check and change all air filters as needed based on your home, not on what the manufacturer recommends. Doing this will prevent your furnace from blowing dust and pollen into the air in your home while increasing its effectiveness to heat and cool.
Get hardwood or linoleum flooring
Carpet will not just collect allergens, it will also then release those allergens back into the air. Even with a great vacuum, actually cleaning your carpet can be nearly impossible. Hardwood or linoleum flooring is much easier to clean and much less likely to hold on to dust, dust mites, pollen, and other allergens. If you have carpet, make sure to clean it often but be sure to utilize a method that doesn’t leave it wet for more than a few hours. Wet carpet, padding and tack strips can support mold growth.
Wash your curtains
Your curtains will attract pollen and dust from the air when the windows are open and closed. Washing your curtains regularly can help to prevent these allergens from being released into your home.
Vacuum at least twice a week
If you cannot replace your carpet, vacuuming at least twice a week, with a great vacuum cleaner, may help to remove some of the allergens that are lurking in your carpet. Even if you do not have carpet, utilizing a vacuum with an air filter that traps allergens instead of releasing them back into the air is a great way to reduce dust.
Vacuum your furniture
This is one of the most overlooked cleaning routines that could seriously improve the air quality in your home. Upholstered furniture, just like carpet, attracts, hides, and then releases allergens. Every time you sit on your couch, it will release microscopic allergens into the air, which you then breathe and may cause you to have a reaction. Using your vacuum’s arm attachment to remove these allergens will prevent this from happening. Alternatively, you could opt for leather and wooden furniture that is less likely to attract dust and pollen.
Dust with a good duster
There are plenty of products on the market today that claim to actually pick up and trap the dust, instead of just redistributing it like a feather duster might. Using a good duster will prevent most dust from being released into the air. Less dust is better for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Close your windows
Instead of opening your windows and letting pollen, dust, mold spores, etc. into your home. Close your windows. Use your air conditioning during the summer days when outdoor pollutants are at their peak. Most air conditioners utilize air filters. Furnace filters can capture many allergens once they have entered your home. You must make sure the furnace air filter is properly installed. If your furnace filter has not been changed in a while take caution. Take the time to replace it before you turn your air conditioner on for the first time in the spring or fall.
Get rid of allergen causing plants
Having a lawn lends curb appeal to your home. Suffering from grass-related allergies can be horrible because it is everywhere. It might actually be better for your health to xeriscape your yard and do away with the grass. Get rid of the plants in your yard that exacerbate your allergies. Plant pollen easily flows into your home every time you open a window or a door. By removing them, you will remove those allergens from your home.
Take off your shoes at the door
Allergens in our homes are tracked in on our shoes too. Take off your shoes before you enter your house. Leave them outside, or place them in a closet until you need to wear them again. This will keep allergens you might have collected from actually entering your home and causing a reaction. Be sure your shoes are dry before placing them in a closet.
Invest in an Air Purifier
OK, this is a bonus tip. Air Purifiers are a great way to eliminate dust, allergens and odors from your home. We love our pets. Sometimes having pets means having pet odors. You may not be able to smell their odors because you have become accustomed to their smell. If you want to know the truth how your home smells, ask an in-law, but be careful of the consequences. Selecting the right air purifier can also eliminate dust, molds and bacterias.
Using these tips can help get rid of allergens in your home! Please feel free to write a comment below if you need assistance.