allergies and asthma strike one out of every four Americans, causing untold
suffering, sneezing and wheezing, as well as $6 billion in doctor visits and
putting the right air treatment and cleaning strategies in place throughout
your home can create a healthier living environment and help avoid allergy
offers these practical tips for a healthier, happier, and allergen-free home:
Tackle Pollen -- As seasons change, the air becomes saturated with tiny
airborne particles that trigger runny noses, sneezing, and itchy eyes.
Eliminate these particles with an economical air purifier.
Address Humidity -- Mold is a major cause of allergies. Prevent mold growth by
keeping your home's relative humidity below 50%. An Energy Star-rated
dehumidifier will both control humidity and keep electric bills low.
Keep Your Cool -- Stay cool this summer with an air conditioner that cools,
dehumidifies, and filters the air -- rather than using fans which can
re-circulate dust particles. Portable air conditioners offer the flexibility to
be used in any room.
Clean Up After Fluffy -- Dog and cat dander is a major cause of allergies. To
control, clean furniture, carpets, and floors regularly with a vacuum that
features a built-in HEPA filter.
Take the Bite Out of Dust -- Dust mites occur naturally in normal home dust and
can be especially prevalent -- and allergy inducing -- in bedding. Deter dust
mites with all-natural hypo-allergenic bedding.
Steam Up to Clean Up -- Steam cleaners are the ultimate indoor cleaning tool
for hard surfaces, grout, upholstery and carpet -- as well as for addressing a
host of allergy triggers, including: dust mites, mold, mildew, germs, and
bacteria. The best steamers use absolutely no chemicals.
Remove the Smoke Screen -- Outdoor smoke and smog can infiltrate your home to
affect your family. Monitor the quality of your indoor air with a laser
Filter for Change -- Continue to breathe easy by keeping the filters clean in
your home air treatment and cleaning equipment. Create a calendar noting when
filters were last changed out and are due to be cleaned or replaced.
With the right strategies in place
anyone can easily create a healthy indoor environment. Plus, today's equipment
offer energy-saving features with a relatively small financial investment --
making an allergen-free, happy home achievable for virtually anyone.