Although indoor allergens are present even in the cleanest of homes, there are steps you can take to keep them to a minimum. Here’s a look at the different types of indoor allergens, where they can be found and how to get rid of them.
What are indoor allergens?
Indoor allergens typically include triggers like dust mites, mold and pet dander, which tend to collect and thrive in the home — however, it can also include pollen and all types of outdoor allergens that are tracked in from outside.
Where are indoor allergens?
Allergens are carried in the air, but will settle onto furniture and floor surfaces. Larger allergens, like pollen and dust mites, settle out of the air and accumulate on surfaces faster than mold spores and pet dander.1
How to reduce allergens on surfaces
To keep allergens from collecting in your home, make sure surfaces are kept clean and uncluttered. Bare floors and walls are best, especially in the bedroom. Put your mattress and pillows in allergy-proof casings and wash bedding, uncovered pillows, and stuffed animals in hot water to kill dust mites. It also helps to vacuum once or twice weekly.1
How to reduce airborne indoor allergens
Be sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate) filter to reduce the amount of allergens in the air. Turn on the air conditioner to help reduce humidity and keep outdoor allergens out. You might also consider getting an air purifier (or an air cleaner) to help remove airborne allergens.1-3
1Tips to Control Indoor Allergens. (n.d.). Retrieved September 23, 2015, from http://www.aafa.org/page/pet-dog-cat-allergies.aspx
2Managing Indoor Allergen Culprits. (n.d.). Retrieved September 23, 2015, from https://www.aaaai.org/Aaaai/media/MediaLibrary/PDF Documents/Libraries/EL-indoor-allergies-managing-patient.pdf
3Portable Air Cleaners. (n.d.). Retrieved October 22, 2015, from http://www.aafa.org/page/mold-allergy.aspx.
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