Ways to Allergy-Proof Your Home

24.05.2016

The presence of allergens in a home can be life-threatening to anyone who may be having asthma or hay fever. It is, therefore, crucial to ensure that your house is free of any microorganisms

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The presence of allergens in a home can be life-threatening to anyone who may be having asthma or hay fever. It is, therefore, crucial to ensure that your house is free of any microorganisms that may threaten the health of your visitors or family members. Depending on the type of allergy you may have various methods used to get rid of these allergens may differ. Every part of your house should undergo thorough cleaning to make sure that the allergens are eliminated.

Floors

Carpets are known to encourage the growth and development of microorganisms that may be a source of your allergy. Therefore, it is important not to use carpets in your home. But if it is difficult to do so, it is of utmost importance to ensure that you use low-pile carpeting. You should do cleaning every week with a high-efficiency particulate air filter to your carpets. You should also shampoo your carpets on a regular basis.

Alternatively, you can use hardwood flooring, linoleum or washable area rugs in your basement, kitchen, bathroom, Living room, bedroom, and even man cave. In areas such as the kitchen or the bathroom, water damaged carpets should be removed. In other areas that are prone to becoming damp, you should use concrete floors.

Ventilation

If you have any allergy, you should ensure that your house is well aerated. A good ventilating system in a house is a necessity to anyone who would like to have a home that contributes to a healthy living of its inhabitants.

During pollen season, it is important to prevent entry of air from outside and rely on a good heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. It is also crucial to get rid of moulds from your window sills and frames. In case you live in areas that may get very cold, windows that will act as proper barriers from cold will be suitable.

Mould can grow well in moist areas; therefore, you should close your doors and windows and remove damp carpets and floor mats during warm weather. You should use efficient air conditioners and dehumidifiers to discourage the growth of mould. You should also get rid of all contaminated non-washable materials such as carpets.

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When cleaning mould, you should ensure that you wear protective gear. You should wear a protective mask and use 5% chlorine to get rid of the mould. It is also important to check that your roofing is intact to prevent water leakage.

Areas like window sills and frames that need removal of dust should be cleaned while wearing a dust mask or you can ask someone who does not have allergies to help you. You should also make sure that your HVAC system works accordingly. For any repairs, you should consult a professional in the air conditioning industry. A properly working HVAC will discourage growth and breeding of dust mites as well as moulds.

Installing a fan in your home is an important step to ensure that you live in a well-aerated area. Using a small-particle or HEPA filter will help your house to remain conducive for anyone with allergies. You should discourage smoking in your house to promote ensure that anyone with allergies to smoke does not find your home an uncomfortable place.

Furniture

While ordering for furniture you should get those made of leather, plastic, wood or metal. You should ensure that whenever water is sprinkled on them, it can be removed easily.

You should ensure that your counters and cabinets are in proper working conditions. The countertops and cabinets should be cleaned with water and detergent. You should also check under-sink cabinets for any water leaks. You should call a plumber to help you with your repairs. Storage of food and including pet food should be in sealed containers to prevent the development of mould.

You have to get rid of items in the house that collect dust such as knickknacks, books and magazines in an event to make your house proof of any allergens. Toys for your children as well as stuffed animals should be stored in plastic bins.

Cutlery and Utensils

You should wash your dishes every day as well as the sink. There should be no food debris or mould in the draining system of the sink.

Walls

Your walls should be free of wallpapers as they may serve as a hiding spot for various allergens and may also accumulate dust. The paint used for your walls should be mould-resistant.

Pets

You should ensure that your pets bath weekly and that the allergens are removed from their shed. You should also ensure that the pets are kept away from the bedroom.

Article last time updated on 01.06.2016.

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