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How To Finally Get Rid Of Fall Allergens

Posted by Warner Service on Sep 14, 2018 9:00:00 AM

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Did you know that seasonal allergies happen due to allergenic germs? About 99 percent of germs are allergenic, which means they trigger allergy-like symptoms. These germs cause itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, stuffy noses, and more.

General pollen sufferers breathe easier in the fall. Yet, those who are allergic to ragweed (a specific type of pollen) head toward the medicine cabinet for relief.

Mold and dust mites are also huge triggers in the fall. To get rid of allergens in the fall, check out Warner Service’s list of prevention tips.

  • Basements are damp and cold. This makes for a perfect breeding ground for mold. To remove mold from the basement, fix any leaks in the foundation and pipes, especially near the water heater and central HVAC unit.

    If you see mold in your home, call a professional to remove it.

  • Wipe down kitchen and bathroom sinks and counters daily to remove puddles.

  • Use an exhaust fan when showering to keep air circulating. Stagnant warm air and counter puddles spur for mold spores.

  • Use mite-proof casing for the bedroom mattress, pillows, and box spring.

  • Wash bedding (using bleach when possible) once per week in hot water to kill any dust mites and other allergens.

  • Replace pillows every five years and the mattresses every decade.

  • Keep the space under the bed clutter-free.

  • Avoid getting dander, pollen, and mold in your bed. Keep your cat or dog on the floor and out of the bedroom.

  • Never leave food or garbage out. Store everything in airtight containers. Wipe the stove top off immediately after cooking.

  • Remove crumbs and/or spilled liquids on countertops. Wash dishes as soon as possible.

  • Use insect traps to catch cockroaches. Liquid and aerosol pesticides aggravate allergy symptoms.

  • Use a device with an HEPA filter to vacuum the furniture and curtains once per week (or opt for leather, plastic, or metal furniture).

  • Switch from carpet to hardwood to sweep away dander and dust easier.

  • When cleaning, wear a surgical mask to prevent dust mites from getting into your nose and mouth.

  • Change your clothes as soon as you get home, says Dr. Jaime Landman, president of the Florida Center For Allergy & Asthma Care in Miami.

    Because pollen sticks to fabric, you could spread allergenic spores throughout your home.

  • Change pillowcases and bed sheets once per week to reduce dust mites.

  • Avoid hanging clothes outside to dry.

  • Shower before bed to avoid transferring allergens from your hair and face to your pillow, according to Jordan Josephson, an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York.

  • Remove mold from hard surfaces with water and detergent. If a mixture of water and 5-percent bleach is needed, don’t mix the bleach with other cleansers.

  • Wash fabric materials with soap and hot water. If the mold doesn't rinse out, discard the item.

  • Repair and seal leaks in pipes, windows, or roofs.

  • With a dehumidifier, empty the water often and keep the unit clean to prevent mildew.

  • Get an air purifier that uses an ionizer. Ozone kills many forms of mold, fungi, and bacteria but can be toxic in high levels. Get an air purifier that attracts negatively charged ions like allergens rather than ozone gas.

    Tip: Buy an air purifier with a UV light for killing mold and mildew.

  • Check for leaks or a lack of proper ventilation, if mold returns to an area that’s recently cleaned.

  • Keep windows and doors shut, especially at night and on windy, dry days. Screens don’t keep out tiny pollen and mold spores that find their way into your eyes and nose.

    Consider
    running the air conditioning, if it gets stuffy.

  • Buy the Air Scrubber by Aerus. For more information, click here

For more information how to beat fall allergens, download our popular guide to better indoor air quality:

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Topics: Indoor Air, Maintenance, Do-It-Yourself, HVAC