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Top 10 Tips to Alleviate Spring Allergies

Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by seasonal allergies this time of year. Though welcoming in the warmer weather is looked forward to, with this change a variety of allergens, like pollen, make their way into your home and cling to your carpets and upholstery. Scheduling a regular, professional carpet cleaning service is vital for the allergen removal process. Allergy sufferers can put their symptoms at bay and enjoy the warmer weather. Lighthouse Chem-Dry is a great choice, check out our Home Health Study. Listed here are tips to help you through the miserable allergy season:

Tips for Allergies

1. Know Your Triggers

Figure out what allergens trigger the allergy symptoms that are affecting your family. This is important because you may need to take a different approach for indoor allergens than you would outdoor allergens. If the trigger is inside, opening the windows to air out the house is an important step to take. In situations like this, the cause could be something along the lines of dust, pet hair, or mold. However, it is best to keep the windows closed if the allergen is coming from outside - like grass or tree pollen.

2. Get Rid of Standing Water Sources

Mold growth is common in areas with standing water sources, making it hazardous to your health. Get rid of these sources, whenever possible, to reduce the risk of mold development.

3. Trap the Dust - Don’t Move it Around

Feather dusters are common in many homes, but they tend to just lift the dust from the surface and distribute it in the air. Try using a dryer sheet, a damp cloth, or paper towel to trap the dust for complete removal. Dryer sheets are also able to reduce static and removal dust mites.

4. Avoid Strong or Scented Chemicals

We tend to think of strong cleaning agents when thinking of lessening the effects of allergies, but it's not commonly realized they can make symptoms worse. The negative consequences that come when you use harsh cleaning agents can be avoided by using gentler cleaning products, like baking soda.

5. Clear Dust from ALL Surfaces

Do you dust windowsills, window frames, door frames, and ceiling fans regularly? Most of us will answer this question with a “no,” but all surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned for the best results.

6. Keep the House Cool and Dry

Try to keep the humidity in your home around 50% or lower for optimal results. Dust mite and mold spore development is much less likely to occur in a cool, dry home.

7. Wash or Replace Moldy Shower Curtains

As a trigger for many with allergies, slimy, moldy shower curtains should not be overlooked. The mold from the shower can spread to other parts of the home. This process is made even easier in the warmer months.

8. Remove Trapped Allergens

Symptoms of allergies may be triggered by the allergens that are trapped in the carpet, rugs, and upholstery items in the home. These items should be vacuumed weekly because they act as an air filter. Professionally cleaning them every three to four months is recommended. Lighthouse Chem-Dry is a great option for home with allergy sufferers. Not only is our main cleaning solution certified green, but we have a home health study to prove that our product improves living conditions.

9. Wash and Air Out Bed Linens Regularly

Every one to two weeks, it is recommended to wash bed linens. A lot is accumulated on bedding, from sweat, skin shedding, and dust collection to make a perfect environment for dust mites.

10. Change HVAC Filters Regularly

It is recommended to change the filters in the home every 6-12 months. Homes with pets or allergies should change their filters more frequently. The highest MERV rating is not always the best choice. The reduction in airflow that the high ratings may cause can actually make things worse. Most homes use filters rated between MERV 7-12.