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Top 10 Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal allergies this time of year. This time of year, a variety of allergens, like pollen, make their way into the home, clinging to your carpet and upholstery. Scheduling a regular, professional carpet cleaning service is vital for the allergen removal process. Allergy sufferers can put their symptoms at bay and enjoy the warmer weather. Chem-Dry of Hendersonville is a great choice, check out our Home Health Study. Here are some other tips to help you keep your home healthier and allergy free:

Tips for Allergies

1. Know Your Triggers

Figure out what allergens trigger the allergy symptoms that are affecting your family. This is important because you may need to take a different approach for indoor allergens than you would outdoor allergens. Opening the windows can help relieve symptoms if the trigger is inside. In situations like this, the cause could be something along the lines of dust, pet hair, or mold. However, it is best to keep the windows closed if the allergen is coming from outside - like grass or tree pollen.

2. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources

Frequently a breeding ground for molds, standing water sources can be hazardous to your health. To reduce the risk of mold development, get rid of these sources when possible.

3. Trap the Dust - Don’t Move it Around

Feather dusters are common in many homes, but they tend to just lift the dust from the surface and distribute it in the air. Complete removal of the dust is ideal. Use a dryer sheet, a damp cloth, or a paper towel for effective cleaning. Using a dryer sheet will also reduce static and remove dust mites.

4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals

Strong cleaning agents can actually make the symptoms of allergies worse. Gentler cleaning products, like baking soda, will ease the negative consequences that harsh cleaning agents have.

5. Clear Dust from ALL Surfaces

Do you dust windowsills, window frames, door frames, and ceiling fans regularly? Most of us will answer this question with a “no,” but all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned for the best results.

6. Keep the House Cool and Dry

Try to keep the humidity in your home around 50% or lower for optimal results. A cool, dry home creates a less habitable environment for dust mite and mold spore growth than a warm, damp environment.

7. Wash or Replace Moldy Shower Curtains

As a trigger for many with allergies, slimy, moldy shower curtains should not be overlooked. The mold from the shower can spread to other parts of the home. This process is made even easier in the warmer months.

8. Remove Trapped Allergens

The allergens trapped in the carpets, rugs, and upholstery in your home may trigger allergy symptoms. These items should be vacuumed weekly because they act as an air filter. It is recommended to have them professionally cleaned every three to four months. For homes with allergy sufferers, look no further than Chem-Dry of Hendersonville. Not only is our main cleaning solution certified green, but we have a home health study to prove that our product improves living conditions.

9. Wash and Air Out Bed Linens Regularly

Bed linens are recommended to be washed every 1-2 weeks. Sweat, dust, and flakes of skin are among the debris accumulated on bedding. It makes for a perfect environment for dust mites.

10. Change HVAC Filters Regularly

It is recommended to change the filters in the home every 6-12 months. Homes with pets or allergies should change their filters more frequently. The highest MERV rating is not always the best choice. Ratings too high can actually make things worse by reducing airflow. Most homes use filters rated between MERV 7-12.

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