Allergy-Proofing Your Home

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Are your eyes itchy, head congested, and sinuses going haywire? Or do your fall allergies manifest in subtler ways like dulled senses and off-kilter sleep cycles? Whatever your fall allergy symptoms, medication may improve your day, but it doesn’t negate the problem. Fall allergens invade vents and fibrous materials, creeping into your lungs while you work, sleep, and interact with your family. To combat the dust, mold, pets, and outdoor allergens accumulating in your living space, here are 5 basic steps to allergy-proofing your home.

Determine Your Allergies

If you don’t see an allergist, you may be fighting the wrong allergens. Discover if you’re allergic to pets, plants, or bacterias and plan your allergy-proofing accordingly.

Cover Your Mattress and Pillows

Believe it or not, dust mites are a common allergy. Buy zip-on dust mite guards for your mattress and pillows to protect your respiratory system while you sleep. Keep pets off your linens and away from the bedroom to lessen your allergy symptoms.

Get Rid of the Carpet

Not only does carpeting trap allergens of all kinds, heavy foot traffic releases them back into the air, exacerbating your allergies every time you cross the floor. Hardwood floors, linoleum, and tile are your safest options, but if you’re not willing to part with plush floors, oriental rugs collect less dander and dust than wall-to-wall carpeting.

Change Your Filters

Air vents, vacuum cleaners, and dryers all have filters that collect dust and other allergens. Change your filters regularly, and upgrade to an HEPA filter if possible.

Go Green

The green industry does more than protect the environment: it protects you from everyday allergens, too. Even without allergies to specific chemicals, harsh air fresheners, detergents, and cleaners exacerbated the symptoms of allergies. Green products use natural ingredients that will help you breathe more easily no matter what allergens you’re avoiding.

At Living Technologies, we’re the experts on clean air, detergent-free laundry, living water, and other products that reduce the effect of allergens. Contact us for more information on living free of home and environmental allergies.

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