So many people suffer from severe allergies or asthma, and there are steps that you can take to make your home more welcoming and comfortable for them to either live in or visit. Complete the home improvement tips that follow to turn your home into one that is friendly to those who suffer from allergies.
Carpeting is a terrible thing for people that suffer from allergies. It traps dust, mold, pet dander and many other allergy triggers. You can vacuum ten times a day and there will still be allergens in the carpeting that get kicked up into the air each time someone walks on it. Replace those carpets with hardwood or laminate floors to cut down on the allergens in those rooms.
Make sure that windows and doors are sealed up tight. The leaks in the windows and doors could be allowing pollen to enter your home. Pollen is among the worst allergens to combat when you suffer from allergies.
Install furnace filters that are designed to reduce home allergens. They will filter out the allergens from the air before blowing warm air into your home. These filters may cost a bit more than basic ones, but they will make a substantial difference in the air quality of your home.
If you have a cedar chest store all of your bed linens in it. It will keep the dust and dander from settling on your linens while they are stored. Keeping the linens clean before putting them on the bed will reduce the number of allergens that become imbedded in the mattress.
Drapery around the house should be removed and replaced with blinds. The style of blinds has come a long way in recent years, so you have a great variety to choose from. You will be able to accomplish a stylish look while eliminating all of the allergens that the old drapes used to trap and contribute to the air quality of your home.
If you do not already have a fan vent in your bathroom, install one. If you have one, be sure to use it regularly. These vents are meant to pull the moisture out of the air commonly found in bathrooms before it can settle and cause mold.
If you notice mold growing anywhere in your home, eliminate it immediately. The longer you allow it to grow, the harder it is going to be to get rid of. There are many kinds of cleaners that will help you with this, as well as steamers that can kill the mold as you clean it.
Just because someone you live with suffers from allergies, you do not have to miss out on the warmth and the ambiance of a fire in a fireplace. Just make the change to a gas fireplace instead of a wood burning one. They burn much cleaner and will still provide the environment that the wood burning fireplace did.
Consider installing a central vacuuming system in your home. Traditional vacuums can release many allergens into the air while they are sucked up from the carpet by the vacuum. The central vacuuming system will eliminate the risk of kicking up all of those allergens, and will take them to the system where the air is filtered.
As you work your way around your home making these changes, keep in mind that the work will make you or your loved ones more comfortable in your home.