Tuesday, June 09, 2009
By Sara Moore
There are so many great things about warm weather, but allergies isn’t one of them. Michelle Rohrer-Lauer of Michelle’s Interiors gives us her top five tips to keep your house allergy proof.
Filter out dust and pollen
Buy an air cleaning machine or filter for your home. Air cleaning machines help filter out dust, pollen and other allergens from the air. These machines have removable filters which can be cleaned or replaced.
Get rid of carpeting
Carpets are a key place for dust mites, pollens and pet dander to harvest. Dust mites are especially difficult to remove from carpets. Replacing your carpeting with hard surfaces and area rugs will greatly reduce allergens in your home and besides bare floors are easier to clean.
Clean your carpet
If you’re not keen on replacing your carpets, then clean them regularly with a vacuum using high efficiency filters. You can also steam clean your carpets frequently and use cleaning powders to help with allergies.
Change your bedding
Mattresses and pillows trap more dust mites and pet dander because of the fabrics. Help eliminate dust mites by purchasing new pillows and allergy proof covers, which provides a protective barrier against dust mites, their fecal particles, and mold antigens. The bedroom is also a haven for dust mites because of its warmth and humidity.
Warm, humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold. Maintain the temperature between 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal humidity level you want in your home is 30-40%. Use an air conditioner or dehumidifier in warm climates to decrease the humidity.