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Reduce the springtime allergens in your home!

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Here are some heplful tips on creating and maintaining a home with minimal allergens during the spring and throughout the year.

1. Change Air Filters Regularly

The filters that are installed behind the vents in a house prevent the spread of allergens like dust and mold spores. When these filters are not changed every 30 to 60 days, they become saturated with particles that prevent the circulation of clean air. Changing the filters on a regular basis will ensure the proper function of a home’s HVAC system and the overall reduction of allergens in the air.

2. Use Bedding that Reduce Allergens

Anti-allergy bedding includes pillows, pillow cases, mattress pads, sheets and comforters that are specially manufactured to reduce the amount of dander, dust mites and other allergens that frequently find their way into fabrics. Because a person spends approximately one third of his or her life in bed, it is important that this time be spent in an allergy-free environment.

3. Wipe Down Electronics Weekly

Electronics attract and hold dust more than anything else in the home. Televisions, DVD players and game systems should be wiped with an approved dust cleaner to avoid the dispersion of dust into the air.

4. Clean Ceilings Monthly

The corners and seams of ceilings and walls often harbor minuscule spider webs, dust mites and hair, all of which can contribute to mild to moderate allergic reactions. The easiest way to rid a house of these elements is to use a brush attachment with a vacuum.

5. Vacuum Fabrics Weekly

Curtains, carpet and upholstered furniture all tend to collect allergens, especially dust and pet dander. Vacuuming these fabrics only once per week greatly reduces the amount of allergenic material in the air within the home. Special fabric sprays can be purchased to increase the effectiveness of weekly vacuuming.

Homeowners in the springtime may find that their allergies act up more than usual. The sudden rise in pollen and other allergens in the air can cause a number of irritating symptoms. Following the above tips, however, can help immensely in reducing the severity and frequency of allergy outbreaks in the home.

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