8 Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

With hay fever season just around the corner, many allergy sufferers are going to be looking for relief. If you'd like to avoid the itchy eyes and runny noses, here are eight tips to keep allergens out of your house this fall.

Pull Up the Carpets
Allergens like pollen are heavier than air, so they sink pretty quickly once they get into your home. Carpets can become a trap for these allergens, which get released back into the air when you walk by or vacuum. To cut back on itchy eyes and runny noses, it's a good idea to replace carpets with hardwood floors or linoleum, which will allow you to scrub the spores away much more easily. 

Clean Those Drapes
Like carpets, drapes are also a magnet for allergens. If your drapes are machine-washable, make sure to give them a rinse on a regular basis. Or better yet, ditch them altogether and replace them with blinds or shades.

Keep Mold in Check
Mold growth in the home isn't only disgusting, it's also a common allergen that can leave you sneezing and wheezing. Mold loves dark, damp climates and you might be aiding this allergen if you've allowed wetness to build up in the home. Some common mold breeding grounds include basements, bathrooms, and the areas beneath sinks, where leaks can allow mold to grow. If you live in a hot, humid climate, you could also consider running a dehumidifier during the summer months, setting it to keep the humidity under 60 percent.

Beware Recycled Air
While you might thinking turning on the range hood or bathroom fan will help clear the air, many of these common indoor fans are set up to simply recycle the indoor air and have little effect. Check if you ventilation systems are actually exhausting air outside your home. If not, you might consider hiring a contractor to hook your range hood and bathroom fan up to your home's ventilation system.

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Adam Verwymeren
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