The allergies caused by pollutants in your home are often the cause of a lot more allergic reactions than you may think. Even though most people think of "allergies" as being caused by pollen and other outdoor irritants, in the home, the allergic reaction causing particles can often be much more concentrated. That, combined with the amount of time we spend indoors can mean that indoor pollutants can have much more of an impact.
Common Allergens in Your Home
There are a large number of allergic-reaction causing materials in many homes. They range from dust mites to mold to pet dander to pollen. You may ask why include pollen as an indoor allergen? Even though pollen starts outside, one it gets tracked inside your home, the concentration increases and can cause many more symptoms.
How to Reduce Indoor Allergies in Your Home
Here are some practical ways to defend your home against these allergy-causing invaders:
- Clean Often and With Good Equipment - Using a Vacuum Cleaner that is high quality will often reduce the allergens trapped in your carpets and other surfaces by 50% or more.
- Washable Window Coverings and Covers for Bedding - Window coverings and bed coverings are notorious for harboring allergens. Being able to and regularly washing these will significantly reduce allergens.
- Dust Regularly - Cleaning those hard to reach places behind the TV or computers and behind appliances can make a huge difference.
- Dehumidify and Check Your Home for Small Leaks - Mold is one of the leading allergens and reducing moisture levels in the home is the number one way of preventing mold as an issue. Regularly inspecting your home for leaks and any water damage also can help prevent mold.
- Regular Pest Control - keeping insects out of your home also helps reduce allergens
- Bathe Pets Regularly - A dog or cat will often track in allergens. Their dander is not the only allergen either. Pests and pollen are also tracked in when they come into the house. Regular baths for them and cleanings for their bedding will also reduce allergens.
- Change Filters Often - By changing filters in your home furnace regularly and by using high-quality filters, you can improve the air quality of your home as well.
Do you have allergies and are looking to buy a home?
As you start your home search, any allergies that you or a family member has will be something good to share with your REALTOR. They can help you find homes that have been maintained with some of the suggestions above and also can help you avoid homes with allergy issues that you may be sensitive to. In the end, it will be your choice as you find the perfect home for you, but if it is an important factor, they can provide you the information you need.