Lessen Allergy Symptoms with Spring Cleaning

Published May 1st, 2014 | By

According to recent reports, the extended winter many of us have experienced in the past month might be affecting our allergy sufferer allergies more negatively than usual.

 

For homeowners around the country, this can mean excessive sneezing, coughing, headaches, watery eyes, aching, and more; symptoms so bothersome or painful at times they can keep us out of work and school.

 

Effective spring cleanings multifaceted in its benefits: It streamlines and organizes your home; clears clutter and therefore improves safety; and, when done right, can stave off allergy symptoms by keeping pollen, mold, and dust mites in check. For asthma and allergy sufferers, this is a lifesaver.

 

 

Choose Home Security wants you and your family to enter into spring safe, healthy, and sneeze-less. Here are our top 5 tips for effective allergy-reducing spring cleaning:

 

1. Thoroughly clean your home

This should be the first step in your spring cleaning process. “Thoroughly cleaning your home can help eliminate allergens and keep new ones from easily entering,” Dr. James Sublett, president-elect of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), stated in a recent news release.

 

2. Regularly change your air filters.

A habit to stay on top of year round. Change your air filters every three months, and use filters with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of 11 or 12. Always vacuum your home regularly to remove dust mites, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter, or a cyclonic vacuum.

 

3. Control moisture to reduce mold.

Your bathroom is where moisture is most common. Always use bathroom fans regularly and clean up any standing water immediately. To eliminate present mold, use detergent and water to scrub from surfaces, then dry completely. Keeping home humidity below 60% helps, too. Humidifiers you may have been using during the winter can be stored now that warmer, wetter weather is arriving.

 

4. Get a handle on pet allergens. 

After winter, homes are likely to be covered in excess dog fur, saliva, and dander. Homeowners can reduce these allergens by vacuuming regularly, washing upholstery and blankets, and washing pet beds, too. If possible, try not to let your pet on or near your bed.

 

5. Throwing open the windows isn’t always the right choice.

In spring, we’re all tempted to toss open windows to let in fresh air—but doing so can lead to an influx of pollen particles inside your home. Multiple open windows, especially on varying levels, can be a safety hazard, too. If you’re a severe allergy sufferer, think twice before undoing your locks. At the very least, avoid opening windows on very windy or foggy days and especially at midday.

 

 

Want to manage your home’s security system and track local weather reports on one convenient portal?

ADT Pulse gives you complete mobile access to your home security systemmeaningyou can manage surveillance camera footage, sensors, locks, and more with the click of a button, anytime, anywhere. ADT Pulses convenient weather app gets you up to speed on local weather fast, too.

 

That’s because Choose Home Security knows home protections means protection from all kinds of elements.

 

To learn more about how our ADT monitored home security packages can add to your home’s health and wellbeing, contact us today at 1-888-712-8785!

 

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