A Primer on Preventing Allergies at Home – Before They Strike

Your house is the safest place for you and other family members but unfortunately, it can also be a haven for allergy triggers. You may not have control over what happens outside your house, but you have the power to reduce or even eliminate allergen levels in your home. Sceduale regular home cleaning sessions in the weekend. It is important to realize that most allergens thrive on moisture and humidity. The following steps will help to remove allergy causing agents but most importantly, prevent them from developing in the first place.

1. Keep the House Dry and Cool at All Times

When the house is maintained under these conditions, it becomes impossible for mold, dust mites and roaches to infest and bedevil your living space. The ideal humidity level inside the house should be below 50% but this largely depends on the outside humidity or weather conditions. A dehumidifier and air conditioner can be used in cases where this level is difficult to achieve naturally. The only condition if using a dehumidifier is to empty it daily or have it connected to a drain. Maintaining optimum humidity also involves getting rid of any materials inside the house as soon as they are wet, e.g. from flooding, spillages, etc.

2. Consider Using Hypoallergenic Flooring Materials

People who are prone to dust allergies have better lives if the floor of the area where they spend most of their time is made from either linoleum, tiles, hardwood or vinyl. These types of floors are easy to clean and this keeps them free from allergens. If the desire to have cloth rugs is there, the size should be small to facilitate regular cleaning. Carpets that cannot be cleaned all the time such as wall-to-wall carpeting should be vacuumed frequently. Once a week is good enough and if possible, asks a family member who is not allergic to dust to do it. It is also a good idea to invest in a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter for trapping the allergens.

3. Declare Your Home as a Smoke-Free Zone

Tobacco smoke is the leading cause of asthma attacks in small children and should be avoided inside the house. To completely keep the house free of smoke, you need to invest in smokeless cooking equipment such as those that use electricity and natural gas. Candles and some air-fresheners produce smoke and while they do make a room to smell nice, they can be serious allergy triggers. A diffuser can help you if you live with a smoker, as smoke cannot be completely removed anyway. You can find several reviews on diffusers if you choose to go down this route – given a chance between cigarette smoke and aromatherapy oil, I think we all know what to choose, right?

A regular allergen check is important to keep your house safe all the time. Pets should be kept clean at all times and if possible have specific areas for playing and staying. Such controls will help you to monitor and keep away allergic reactions that may take place in the house.

Preventing allergies (hay fever, etc.) at home is possible – you can simply identify potential triggers then create a routine of how to maintain an allergen-free atmosphere. Easier said than done, but better done than otherwise.