7 Steps to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Many people suffer from either indoor or outdoor allergies – and sometimes both. From itchy, watery eyes to sneezing and congestion, allergies can make a person miserable. The bad news is there is no cure for allergies. The good news, however, is that there are things you can do to reduce their impact on your life. Below, we discuss several steps you can take to reduce the allergens in your home. 

Remove Clutter Where You Can

Excess clutter can collect dust and dust is a leading instigator of allergy symptoms. By eliminating clutter in your home, you get rid of surfaces where dust can collect. 

Once you’ve gotten rid of any excess clutter in your home, make regular dusting part of your cleaning repertoire as the less dust you have in your home, the fewer allergy symptoms you are sure to suffer. 

Take Off Your Shoes

Upon entering your home, take off your shoes and request that all who enter besides you do the same. Outdoor allergens such as pollen and mold can enter your home on the bottoms of your shoes, and once inside, can imbed in the carpeting and other soft surfaces, making it difficult to get rid of them. 

Use a HEPA Filtered Vacuum

Because allergens find their way into your home easily, your vacuum should be your best friend. Make it a point to vacuum often using a vacuum that contains a HEPA filter. A HEPA filter traps and contains small particles like allergens so they can be thrown away. 

Run an Air Purifier

If allergies make you miserable, you can further reduce allergens in your home by running an air purifier with a HEPA filter 24/7. Air purifiers can be separate units, or they can be part of your HVAC system. Be sure to change or clean the filter in your air purifier regularly. 

Keep It Cooler in Your Home

Hot, humid environments are breeding grounds for many different types of allergens. By keeping the temperature inside your home between 68º and 72º, and the relative humidity no higher than 50%, your home won’t foster many of these pesky allergens. 

Get Rid of Soft Surfaces

The fewer soft surfaces you have in your home, the fewer allergens you’ll have. If you continue to suffer from allergies inside your home, it might be time to remove the old carpeting and get rid of curtains and drapes. 

Clean the Air Vents

Many people forget about the air vents in their homes but doing so can leave you susceptible to allergies. Take the time to clean the air vents in your home regularly and be sure to change or clean the filter in your heating/cooling system, too. 

Allergies are a common affliction for many people. While there’s no way to eliminate them completely, you can take steps to reduce their impact on your life. Follow the advice above to reduce allergens in your home.