How Can I Reduce Allergens in My Home?
- Clean or change your air conditioner and heating filters regularly.
- Do not let dust and pet hair accumulate. Use a vacuum cleaner with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
- Keep surfaces dry.
- Close windows and screens during peek pollen periods. Use an air conditioner to reduce the chances of mold and pollen sneaking into your home.
- Dry your sheets and clothing in a dryer, not outdoors on a clothesline, where pollen grains can attach themselves to the material.
- Use a dehumidifier to reduce mold growth.
- Wash pillows and blankets once a week in hot water to eliminate the buildup of pet dander and dust.
- Cover mattresses, pillows and duvets with zippered, dust mite-impermeable covers.
- Limit clutter and collections, as these collect dust.
- Limit the amount of toys and collectibles, as these collect dust.
- Wash bedding in hot water and with hypoallergenic detergent.
- Don't put carpeting in the bedroom since it's a reservoir for dust and mold.