Indoor Air QualityIf your sneezing, sniffling and coughing symptoms are present year round, something in your home could be the culprit. You can start relieving symptoms by minimizing clutter and removing items that collect allergens, like carpeting and moldy wallpaper. A whole-home filtration or purification system will also help control the problem by working with your central heating and cooling system to remove even the smallest airborne allergens.
Other ways to minimize allergy symptoms include:
- Dust regularly using a damp cloth.
- Go over floors weekly with a HEPA vacuum.
- Bathe pets frequently.
- Wash bed linens at least once a week in hot water to kill pollen and dust mites.
- Remove the source of as many allergens as possible. This includes carpets, stuffed toys, fabric curtains and old clothing.
- Avoid drying your clothes on an outside line where they can collect pollen.
- Take off your shoes before you enter your home so you don’t track in pollen or other allergens from outside.
- Avoid using ceiling fans, which can stir up dust and other particles. Instead, keep air circulating throughout your home with a ventilation system.