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Monday, April 6, 2015

The Allergy Free Home

Home is where the heart is. It’s also where dust and mold can accumulate and turn your house into Allergy Headquarters, USA. The home illustrated here, however, is as free from dust and mold as a house can be.

The Allergy Free Home Steps:
  • Follow these steps in your abode, and you’ll keep your allergy attacks to a minimum.
  • The best floors are bare wood or linoleum in solid sheets, not blocks. Mold deposits in the cracks between linoleum blocks.
  • Keep your chimney clean. A blocked chimney will send fumes from your gas furnace or oil burner back into the house. This indoor air pollution is likely to aggravate your allergies.
  • Your house should always be clean. Mop and dust only with damp mops and rags, which pick up dust rather than merely spread it around. Never use a feather duster!
  • Central forced air heating systems are great places for dust, mold, and bacteria to fester. Hire a contractor to give yours a thorough cleaning. Make sure you change or wash your furnace filters often.
  • Don’t ever let things inside your home get too moist. There’s nothing dust mites like better than a lot of humidity. Use a dehumidifier if necessary.
  • If you’re wallpapering, buy mold-free wallpaper paste. If you’re painting, have mold preventive added to the paint. Consider using an air cleaner. Newer models are very effective at removing dust, pollen, and mold from the household environment. Since air cleaners are expensive, you may wish to lease one before buying to see if it helps.
  • Keep your home cool – not cold. Keeping a home air conditioner on icy cold may aggravate allergy symptoms. It’s best to set the temperature at a comfortable 70 °F.
  • Place a “No Smoking” sign on the front door and enforce it! Lit cigarettes release carbon monoxide and other chemicals that can make your allergies considerable worse.

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