6 Ways to Prevent Allergy Flare-Ups in Your HomeApril 6, 2019
Waking up to a sneezing or coughing fit, nasal congestion, watery eyes, itchy red nose, and rashes is definitely no fun.
Indeed, having allergies is truly a pain. You have to be careful about what you eat and where you go, especially during the spring when the weather is warmer and pollen (a common allergen) is in the air. Fortunately, allergy medication is accessible so relief can be had for people with allergies
Most people who suffer from severe allergies stay home during the allergy season to be safe and comfy. If you are inclined to do the same, better make your home truly a haven of relief for you. Here are six simple yet effective ways to make your home into a safe retreat when you are suffering from seasonal allergies.
1. Have your AC and electric fans cleaned.
Your home ventilation system has to be in pristine condition to ensure good air quality at home. Call your local AC service for a clean-up job (and maintenance while you’re already at it) and dust your electric fans as well.
For sure, you will be using your fans more often as the weather gets warmer to help keep the air circulating and prevent rooms from feeling stuffy. Make sure that they are clean and do not blow dust into the air, which can, in turn, aggravate allergies. Give the appliance a thorough wipe-down with a wet rag (to pick up dust and other dirt) before turning it on.
2. Get rid of the carpet temporarily.
To prevent allergy flare-ups at home, it is best to take the carpet to the cleaners and do without it for a while. Carpets gather a lot of dust, pet hair and dander, and all kinds of tiny debris that can trigger allergies. Also, even with everyday vacuuming and brushing, carpets do not get thoroughly cleaned. So, do without it until you need to keep your floors warm from the cold.
You will see a big difference in the air quality at home when you get rid of the carpet. Plus, your regular floors will be so much easier to keep spotless. You can even slash the time you devote to tidying up at home.
3. Invest in good quality air purifiers.
Anything that can improve the quality of air should be used for your home. Air purifiers do not just filter small particles and rid your home of bad odors. They can filter harmful gases, too, and airborne allergens. Animal dander, dust, mold spores, and pollen are reduced to a minimum. Plus, there are air purifiers that can also freshen the air with negative ions.
Needless to say, if the allergy season makes breathing properly a laborious task for you, having an air purifier at home catching allergens in the air and releasing negative ions will bring you tremendous relief.
4. Replace curtains or drapes with blinds.
Like carpets, curtains and drapes attract and trap a lot of allergens and you cannot clean them properly every day. Thus, it is better to replace them with blinds. It does not matter if they are plastic or wooden blinds because both options are certainly much easier to clean than curtains and drapes.
5. Vacuum all upholstered furniture and mattresses regularly.
Remove the covers and give your soft furnishings (including pillows and mattresses) a thorough vacuum run. This will not only get rid of musty odor but it can also get rid of dust and other particles that cause allergy flare-ups.
6. Take pest control very seriously.
Pests come alive and are especially active in the spring as they make their way into homes. If there have been sightings of mosquitoes, drosophila, moths, and cockroaches in your home, take action right away and annihilate them. Pests such as these carry and leave bacteria and germs that can cause allergies and other illnesses.
Hire the services of pest control experts not only to get rid of these pesky crawlers and fliers but also to help you make sure that your home is properly protected from future infestations.
Have yourself a sweet, allergy-free spring
Hopefully, these six tips will help greatly in making your home a place where you do not have to worry about your allergies so much this spring. This way, you can focus on enjoying the pleasant weather and look forward to your in-house staycation.