Allergies can be a constant struggle for some. And your home should be a place where you can feel comfortable, not bothered by allergies. There are a lot of ways to reduce allergens in your home, from quick fixes to bigger projects.
Air filters and air purifiers
One of the first things you can do is make sure that your furnace and AC filters are regularly changed out so that they can properly filter the air in your home. You can purchase these at many popular stores, or order them online. There are even subscription services so that you don’t have to keep track of when to replace the filters.
You may also want to consider getting an air purifier to help rid the air of allergens. There are different sizes, from whole-house purifiers to ones that are for smaller rooms.
Some people experience immediate discomfort upon moving into a home with carpeting. Wall-to-wall carpeting is one of the common, largest sources of allergens in the home. So despite getting rid of old carpeting with allergens like pet dander, even getting new carpets can harbor allergens. You may want to consider getting wood flooring, or at least get carpeting that is lower pile, or area rugs that can be washed. Search for flooring stores near me to find places that can replace old carpets or change your floors to something like wood, tile, laminate, and more.
Keep windows closed
Sufferers of seasonal allergies know that going outside can trigger allergies and make you miserable. So, remember to keep those allergens outside by keeping your windows closed. If you leave your bedroom windows open, and even worse, use a window fan, you are drawing in allergens like pollen, which land on surfaces, which can include bedding like pillowcases.
Wash bedding regularly, and try to run them from a hot water cycle. It helps to have covers for mattresses, box springs, and even pillows. You can easy find covers that are designed to block allergens.
Reduce allergens in the home by vacuuming often. When shopping for a vacuum, look for something with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.