Air, allergies and achoos
Did you know that tens of millions of Americans suffer from asthma and allergies? Many of the most
common allergy-causing culprits are found right in and around your home, including mold, mildew, pet
dander, dust mites, cockroaches and pollen. Fortunately, a few simple steps can take the punch away
from these pesky allergens.
- Control pests: Make sure crumbs are swept up and food is put away promptly after eating. Take
out the trash frequently. Fix any water leaks. Kill dust mites by washing bedding in hot water.
- Vacuum often: That goes for floors, carpets and upholstery. A vacuum cleaner with a HEPA
(High-Efficiency Particulate Air) filter is the best choice.
- Keep your air filters clean to reduce allergens like dust and mold spores. Check the filter
for buildup at least once a month. Replace or clean them as needed, based on manufacturer recommendations.
- Air it out: Mold and mildew love humidity. Prevent them from gaining a foothold by turning on
ventilation fans or opening windows in damp bathrooms and kitchens.
- Finally, a word about flooring: Washable floors are easier to keep allergy-free; wall-to-wall
carpets, more difficult. If at all possible, choose bare floors or rugs instead of wall-to-wall carpeting.