The allergens floating in the air inside your house may be causing your coughing and sneezing. Here’s how to improve your indoor air quality and ease your allergies.
Pollution in the air outside our home is what steals all the headlines. But for many people, especially those with asthma or allergies, poor air quality inside the home can be just as big of a problem. Here are a few easy steps you can take to keeping the air in your house clean, and the coughing and sneezing to a minimum.
First and foremost, the home should ALWAYS be a smoke-free zone.
Also, good ventilation keeps indoor pollution down, so open windows to let clean air in and keep doors between rooms open to keep the air circulating.
Exhaust fans are another good way to keep moisture and chemicals out of the house, so if possible install one in each bathroom and above your gas stove.
Dust mites can also be a big problem, especially if you suffer from allergies. These are the little bugs that like to set up camp in your sheets and carpets. So make sure you wash all sheets and towels on the hot setting at least 130 degrees F. And as for the carpet there are 3 different solutions: vacuum, vacuum, vacuum, and oh yeah, vacuum.
Other bugs can carry bacteria and allergens too. Cockroaches are some of the worst, so keep them at bay with sprays or traps.
Keeping up with current events is a good idea, but once you’re done, throw away those old newspapers, magazines and other paper. They collect dust and other allergens.
Oh, one last point I almost forgot. Remove your shoes, and have the kids do the same, before coming inside. There’s plenty of fun and games outside, but the dust and pollutants underneath your tennis are unwelcome guests inside the house!