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Relieving Allergies and Asthma in the Home

We spend a lot of time indoors. Whether it’s at work, school, or simply relaxing in the evening at home, the majority of our lives are spent in the safety of enclosed walls and climate controlled rooms. While we worry about pollen, dirt, animals and the wealth of allergens in the great outdoors, we forget that our own homes and offices are filled to the brim with pollutants we aren’t even aware of. All of these contaminants aggravate allergies and compound problems with asthma.

Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do in your own home to improve how breathable your indoor air is. Improving your quality of living can be done with a little work or a few upgrades to your home itself. The trick is knowing the source of the problem and how to deal with it in the long run.

Dirt and Dust

Dirt and dust major players in allergy aggravation. Even people who aren’t asthmatic or sensitive to airborne allergens can be irritated by too much dust in the air. Everything is a dust trap because dust and dirt are everywhere. If you want to improve your indoor air, it’s time to break out the cleaning supplies. Sweeping floors, dusting off fans and vents, and leaving your shoes at the door are all excellent ways to decrease the amount of dust in your home.

The worst part about dust? Dust Mites. These microscopic arachnids thrive in humid conditions and make everything worse. The best way to deal with them is to clean out the dust and wash fabrics. Clean your curtains, rugs, and bedding regularly.

Humidity, Water, and Mold

Dust mites aren’t the only organism that thrives in humidity, mold and mildew will spread as fast as possible given the opportunity. Mold spores build in concentration in the air when mold is allowed to grow unchecked. These spores stick to surfaces including the lungs and nasal cavity, leading to sneezing, coughing, and difficulty in breathing. Getting rid of pooling water from broken pipes, appliances, or leaking rooftops is essential to preventing mold buildup. But cleaning up mold when you find it is just as important.

Remove the humidity from the air, clean up mold and mildew, and there are fewer spores to circulate through the air. Many people are allergic to the mites and spores that float around and removing them from circulation is sure to improve the breathability of your air.

Carpets

The final haven for everything we’ve already discussed. Your carpet is a pressure bellows of dust, dirt, spores, pet dander, and plant pollen. Cleaning your carpets is paramount when it comes to fighting allergens and mitigating the effects of asthma. If you have pets or children, you’ll need to take special care to clean your carpets regularly. A full carpet steaming or professional cleaning will go a long way to keeping your indoor air fresh and breathable.

Ventilation

One last note: everything in your home’s atmosphere passes through your ventilation system at least once. Dirty filters and dust vents are all going to add to any existing problems. The absolute best way to resolve issues here is to have your entire system inspected or cleaned. Replacing the filter prevents dust buildup and reducing overall humidity prevents mold growth inside your vents. With a clean, high MERV-rated filter (MERV ratings show how well they filter out particles, with higher numbers showing more filtration) you’ll be breathing easily all year long.


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