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Everyone dreams of owning a home one day. However, most people don’t think of everything that being a homeowner requires. Installations and repairs often come up unexpectedly, compromising even the most carefully planned budget.
Something else that aspiring homeowners tend to forget is all of the cleaning that a home demands. After all, cleaning is important for both organizational purposes and health reasons. According to U.S. News and World Report, about 30 percent of Americans have nasal allergies. About two-thirds of these are perennial allergies, and most of the triggers, including dust mites, mold, and animal dander, live indoors. So how can you reduce indoor allergens in your home? Try these 10 simple tips.
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Reduce dust by vacuuming your carpets, area rugs, and curtains weekly. If your curtains are machine washable, then wash them in hot water, too.
Wash your bedding in hot water every week. Also, keep a dust mite cover on your mattress and pillows. Wipe down or vacuum the cover every week.
Keep Pollen Out
Pollen can easily find its way inside on the bottoms of shoes. Make sure that everyone who enters your home takes off their shoes at the door. You can also place doormats at all entryways, both indoors and outdoors, to limit the amount of pollen that enters your home.
Limit Stuffed Animals
Keep stuffed animals to a minimum, and keep them off the bed. Try to collect only machine washable stuffed animals.
Clean Up After Pets
Clean thoroughly wherever your pets sleep and eat. This will help reduce animal dander.
Change Air Filters
Clean or change air filters in your HVAC system. Do this at least every three months, if not more often.
Look for Leaks
Check your plumbing system for leaks and watch out for standing water. This will help keep mold at bay. If you have a mold problem, consider calling a service professional to remove it.
Use natural products when cleaning. New York’s Green Cleaning Program states that eco-friendly cleaning products can reduce asthma attacks caused by dust and chemical allergens. Using these products also improves indoor air quality by reducing airborne dust and chemical gasses.
Cut Down on Clutter
Clear out any clutter in your home. Doing this prevents allergens and dust from collecting on any unused items.
Use a Dehumidifier
If you don’t already have one, consider purchasing a dehumidifier. Huffington Post reports that a dehumidifier can eliminate toxins in the air. This device will also lower the humidity in your home so that dust mites and mold won’t thrive.
When you’re a homeowner, these are the tasks that you must deal with. However, as you can see, taking steps to reduce allergens in your home can benefit you and your family. You’ll breathe cleaner air instead of mold spores, and you’ll rest peacefully at night knowing that your bed isn’t covered in dust. Lastly, you’ll reduce allergy symptoms like sneezing, nasal congestion, and itchiness in your throat or eyes.