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5 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

As winter winds down and allergy season kicks into high gear, you and your family may be experiencing more runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing. While over-the-counter medications can help keep your allergies under control, there are steps you can take within your home to limit the burden of allergies.

  1. Dust. One of the easiest steps in allergy-proofing any home is getting dust under control. Go through your home and clean the dust off of all surfaces. Vacuum the floor. Make sure you keep this up as the season goes along to keep dust and other allergens from taking over your home.
  2. Keep allergens out. If you have air conditioning or central air, try to keep your windows closed as it gets warmer. Keeping windows closed will help keep pollen out. Another way to keep allergens out are doormats. Put doormats outside your home and encourage your family and houseguests to wipe their feet before coming in.
  3. Deal with mold. One of the most common and vicious allergens in a home is mold. If you have mold on any surfaces in your home, clean them as soon as possible. Check carpets and drapes as well. If you have mold on carpets or drapes, you may need to get rid of them. If mold has gotten into your flooring or drywall, you may need to contact a contractor to eliminate the mold before it spreads to the rest of the structure of your home. This is potentially very expensive. To avoid needing to hire a contractor, make sure to keep your home clean and humidity under control.
  4. Air filters. If it’s in your budget, invest in air filters for your home that remove dust, pollen and other particulate matter from your home.
  5. Dehumidifiers. Humidity in a home encourages the growth of mold. Dealing with moisture can be very tricky but investing in good dehumidifiers can help alleviate moisture problems.

Don’t let allergies ruin your spring. Take care of your home to keep allergens under control, and if your allergies do get you down, contact a doctor.

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