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Dust, mold, and other hidden allergens can get trapped in many places in your home, triggering allergies and asthma attacks. Whether you or other family members have asthma and allergies, here are a few things to do so you can breathe easy.
Dust and dust mites can cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma, so it’s important to clean certain areas regularly and keep your home as dust-free as possible. Much like carpeting, dust and allergens can get trapped in upholstery, so if it’s possible, get rid of carpeting and buy furniture that is easy to clean. Think leather couches and tile or wood flooring. Also, make sure to check and vacuum where dust mites and allergens can get trapped, to keep them at a minimum.
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Protect soft surfaces
It’s a good idea to protect soft surfaces like couches, chairs, pillows, and mattresses with special covers to keep them safe from dust mites and allergens. If they’re a new purchase, put a slipcover on before use. For furniture and items that have been used already, make sure to clean and sanitize them first.
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Prevent mold and mildew
Mold and mildew proliferate at a rapid rate in damp environments and during cold months, so you need to keep your home dry at all times, especially for “wet” rooms like the kitchen and bathroom. If you’re renovating your home, invest in mildew-resistant paint to help prevent future infestations. If not, you can also enlist a professional to perform an initial inspection for mold and mildew, or buy a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels at a minimum. You can also check out these tips for mold and mildew prevention.
Got other ideas on how to keep your home asthma- and allergy-free during the cold months? Share them with us in the comments below; we’d love to hear from you!