More than 20 percent of all Americans suffer from allergies. And, while medications can help to temporarily relieve symptoms, allergy-proofing your home can go a long way in terms of reducing the annoying sneezing and itchy, watery eyes allergy-sufferers’ experience. If you’re looking for relief from feeling itchy, sneezy and stuffy, here’s four ways you can easily reduce allergens in your home:
1. Clean the Bedding
Although your bed might be the coziest place in the world for you, it can be a breeding ground for dust, dander and other allergy-causing particles. To ward off allergens, start by washing your sheets, blankets and pillowcases at least once per week with hot water. Once you’ve cleaned your bedding, try encasing the pillows, mattress and box spring in dust-mite-proof covers. If your allergies persist, consider opting for bedding made of synthetic materials rather than wool or feathers.
2. Swap Carpet for Hardwood or Linoleum
While swapping out your carpet for hardwood or linoleum flooring may seem like a daunting task, it can drastically reduce allergens in your home. First, dust, dander and the like can get trapped within the carpet and wreak havoc in allergy sufferers. If replacing the carpet isn’t an option, be sure to shampoo the carpet frequently and vacuum weekly with a high-efficiency particulate air filter.
3. Keep Pets Clean
As much as we love our furry four-legged friends, they can cause allergy sufferers to experience some not-so-pleasant symptoms. If you have animals, be sure to groom them regularly to reduce the amount of allergens in the dander they shed. It’s also a good idea to keep pets out of any bedrooms and off furniture.
4. Invest in an Efficient Air Conditioning System
Allergy-causing particles find their way into our homes one way or another, but you can help to keep them outdoors with an efficient air conditioning system. An efficient air conditioning system can provide excellent ventilation and will greatly reduce the amount of the pollutants, allergens and the like that make their way into your home. In addition, a good air filter can go a long way! Choose a HEPA filter, which will be more efficient than other filters.
Breathe Easy With Engineered Air
At Engineered Air, we want you to breathe easy. We realize that good indoor air quality is important for not only allergy-sufferers, but for the rest of the family too. This is why we work to provide you and your loved ones quality air conditioning and filtration systems. If you’re tired of suffering from allergy symptoms, Engineered Air can help reduce the amount of allergens within your home. To learn more about Engineered Air and how we can help you, click here, or contact us today to schedule an in-home consultation.