Can’t stop sneezing and blowing your nose? Learn how to make your home more allergy friendly.
Keep it cool: Keep your home between 68 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. It also helps to maintain low humidity and make sure that there is good ventilation. To help achieve this, consider installing a dehumidifier or ceiling fans throughout your home.
Hard Surfaces vs. Carpet: Hard surfaces are much easier to clean than carpet or fabrics. If possible, consider replacing carpeting with hardwood floors and select wood, leather or vinyl furnishings. If you must have carpet, low-pile versions are best.
Clean House: Regular vacuuming, dusting and wiping down surfaces can help keep allergens away. However, those with allergies should leave vacuuming to someone else and stay out of freshly vacuumed areas for at least one hour. This chore sends particles into the air and redistributes them into the environment.
Change your sheets: Choose washable fabrics or synthetic bedding and wash weekly in hot water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid feather or foam pillows and consider using allergen-proof encasings for your pillow, mattress and box spring.
Keep four-legged friends out of the bedroom: If you can’t bear to part with your furry pet, limit him or her to select rooms in the house. If he or she sneaks in and naps on your bed, wash bedding as soon as possible.