10 Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

10 Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

Spring can wreak havoc for allergy sufferers. Below are five easy things you can do to eliminate dust, mold and pollen in your home.

  1. Keep windows closed when pollen counts are at their highest and use air conditioning. Be sure to change your AC filter at least twice a year with a HEPA filter.
  2. Flooring like hardwood, tile, and linoleum is best for allergy sufferers. If you need something soft under your feet, use small rugs that can be cleaned easily. But, if you have carpet and can’t easily replace it, vacuum it at least weekly. Use a vacuum with double bags or a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter and change them often.
  3. Cover mattresses, box springs, and pillows with plastic cases or special allergen-proof fabric covers.
  4. Avoid down pillows or comforters, as they attract dust.
  5. Avoid upholstered furniture, which can trap allergens; try to use only wood, plastic, leather, or vinyl furniture that can be wiped clean.
  6. Replace dust-collecting blinds and long drapes with window shades or washable curtains.
  7. Keep mold out of the house- don’t leave wet clothes in the washer, clean shower curtains and bathroom tiles with mold killing products.
  8. Declutter your home. The more stuff you have, the more places for allergens to hide.
  9. Take the moisture out of your house. The key is to control the amount of moisture in the air. Dehumidifiers and air conditioners will help. The humidity needs to be below 60%. Between 35% and 50% is even better.
  10. Make smart landscaping choices. The yellow, sticky pollen that bees carry from plant to plant rarely causes allergic reactions. It’s the fine, lightweight particles that are blown about by wind that trigger discomfort. Avoid adding allergenic trees like maple, birch and ash. Choose low-allergy trees like dogwood, double-flowered cherry and magnolia.

If any of these are a concern for you please call our office (616) 952-1209 or visit www.greenco2.org.