Sometimes allergy sufferers cannot seem to escape allergens whether they are in or out of their homes. If you or someone you know is significantly affected by common allergens then it is important that your home be a place of refuge from those allergic reactions. By following a the simple steps outlined below, you can turn your humble abode into a safe haven for allergy sufferers.
If your home has carpeting installed rather than hardwood floors, your first step should be to tear it up. Dust, hair and all matter of microbes are easily caught up in carpet fibers, turning the carpet into a bona fide cesspool of allergens. (This is far from hyperbole to an allergy sufferer!) Replace permanently installed carpeting with hardwood flooring as a first step toward making your home less allergen-laden.
Hire a professional to check your house for air leaks. Even if this person is not a medical professional nor an exterminator, he/she will find places where allergens and pests can find their way in. This professional will likely be able to offer assistance in sealing the cracks, thus reducing allergen contamination of your household.
Take your linens, towels and other items that you place directly against your body and store them in either an airtight container or a wooden chest. Putting items that come directly in contact with the body away in a completely allergen-free zone guarantees that you won’t introduce a host of allergens to your system rapidly. Some of the most severe allergic reactions occur because items people come into close contact with are contaminated.
Window blinds are an excellent choice over drapes if your goal is to reduce allergens in your home. Because they are made of fabric, drapes, like carpets, can collect dust, hair and microbes that float around, turning into allergy-inducing beacons. Blinds eliminate this problem and can look just as beautiful if you choose the right style!
Make certain the vent in your bathroom is functioning properly and is state-of-the-art. Often, bathroom vents do not work efficiently and/or are not high quality so they collect dust and fail to draw moisture out properly. This leads to dust particles entering your lungs and mold growing inside the walls, both of which can give way to respiratory problems, particularly for allergy sufferers.
If you haven’t had a professional check your home’s plumbing system recently, you might be introducing unneeded allergens into your home due to mold from water leaks. Even the smallest leak within the system can feed a powerful host of fungi that release microbes into the air and cause allergic reactions. Mold is easy to stamp out, but only if you take proper action and conduct a thorough inspection of your home’s plumbing.
You can rid your home of allergens without much time or financial investment as long as you approach things in a calculated manner. If you follow the advice provided in this article you will find yourself in a healthier, happier, allergy-free home in no time at all.