7 Tips To An Allergy-Free Home

Dated: April 23 2020

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At one point within the last few weeks, I almost felt as if I was dying from Corona.  But then I forgot, around this time of year, Spring allergy season is in full effect, and for the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies each year, including myself, symptoms of coughing, sore throat, congestion, sneezing, runny noses, and red, itchy puffy eyes could take a hold as soon as you wake up in the morning.  But just because you’re quarantined and shelter in placed indoors, it does not mean you are still safe!

In homes, there may be more areas of risk that you may not think, but you can fight back, and create a low-allergen environment.  Here are a few tips for keeping allergens minimal to none for this spring.

1. Declutter

Spring cleaning and allergy relief actually go hand-in-hand. Bring out you inner interior designer skills this spring and declutter your living space.  Additionally, if you have pets or animals, this may also be a great time to sweep through and wipe down every surface to start fresh.  According to the Mayo Clinic, consolidating items that collect dust, like knick-knacks, ornaments, books and magazines can do wonders for your allergies. Also, if you’re due for a new sofa, go leather, or a material that doesn’t collect dust like upholstery.

2. Use An Alternative to Hang Drying Outside

Though we may conserve energy by letting laundry dry naturally on a line outdoors, this may stir up allergies as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, pollen will stick to clothing and especially sheets and towels while they dry. And they’ll stick well since wetness is a natural adhesive.  Next time, try drying your clothes indoors,  it may help with situations where drying off after a shower leads to an instant sneezing extravaganza.  And if you’re considering wearing items sitting in storage all winter, give them a wash too because dust and mold could have built up on them.

3. Do You Have Carpets?

According to the American College of Asthma, Allergies and Immunology, dust mites can live deep inside carpeting. While switching to hardwood or tile flooring instead of carpets might be a big cost, getting your carpets professionally cleaned once every spring might provide amazing results. Vacuuming them yourselves is a help, but it will not fully get rid of all lingering dust mites, while a professional can.

4. Maintain your HVAC System

Although you should be already doing some type of preventative maintenance on your heating ventilation air-conditioning system, spring time is the best time to make sure it’s up to par.  Inspect the screen out of your unit and clean off any dust out of it. If needed, get your HVAC inspected professionally and install a filter with an American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of at least 8. That means fewer dust particles can pass through it, and once that’s ready to go, rely on it instead of opening windows, allowing pollen to enter.

5. Entertain the Idea of a HEPA Filter

And speaking of air purification, a HEPA (High Energy Particulate Air) filter can remove 99.97% of dust, pollen, smoke, odor, mold spores, and pet dander in the air. They are discrete, inexpensive and can lead to a healthier home environment.

6. Kitchen and Bathroom Moisture

Where moisture can be found, mold can come along with it. So be sure to continuously wipe surfaces above and behind the fridge, and also under the sink to get rid of any lingering moisture and potential mold breeding grounds.  Nevertheless, bathrooms with poor ventilation can accumulate mold on the side of showers and on the ceiling.

7. Don’t Forget the Weeds Surrounding Your Home!

This one was a big game changer for me, which minimizes almost most, if not all of the pollen that might enter in your home.  Make sure to pull the weeds out entirely to the root, if you’ve got a weed wacker, I’d suggest to chop them all down, and in addition, spray some type of weed control spray to maximize your efforts and long term happiness.

Hope this helps, it’s definitely brought more joy and clear breathing throughout the last few weeks for my life.  In the interim, please continue to stay positive, stay healthy and stay in good spirits, it all plays a roll with how our immune system reacts to allergies and the potential to save our lives in general, for the future to come!

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Jason Belangoy - DRE#01955595

Originally a Bay Area native, Jason moved temporarily to San Diego in the Summer of 2014, to study for his real estate licensing exam. He passed 3 months later, but fell in love with San Diego, and no....

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