Dealing with allergies is not a pleasant experience. Whether you simply develop a cough, sneeze a lot, or if you develop headaches and feel sick. It’s a nuisance to live with but something that you’ve probably become adept at.
Yet, despite your best efforts, there will be times when you feel the effects even if you can identify the cause. If this is the case, consider the following 4 possible allergy triggers inside your home.
Vacuuming regularly removes dust and pet dander, both of which are well-known causes of allergies in your home. However, if your vacuum doesn’t have a HEPA filter, (High-Efficiency Particulate Filter), or the filter hasn’t been either cleaned or replaced recently, the dust and other allergens are simply being pushed into the air. That’s increasing your exposure when you think you’re getting rid of the issue!
Make sure you have a vacuum with a HEPA filter and that the filter is replaced/cleaned regularly. Alternatively, you can consider fitting a central vacuum that will remove allergens from your living space.
Air Conditioning Unit
It’s worth investing in good quality industrial air conditioning as these incorporate filters to remove allergens from the air. Without the filters you are simply moving air around your house, effectively spreading the allergens. Even if it is bringing air in from outside, without the proper filter it won’t remove allergens and can be making your home worse than it currently is!
In addition, you’ll find that a poorly maintained air conditioning unit introduces mold spores to your home. Because air conditioners remove heat from the air they collect water. Some of the moisture will sit near the filter and creates a damp, dark, but warm environment. That’s the perfect spot for mold to grow which is then directed into your room through your air conditioner!
You would be forgiven for thinking cleaning products are there to help eliminate allergens. However, most cleaning products will not cause allergies directly. But, what they will do is irritate your respiratory passages and make it easier for any allergen present to get a grip on your throat and sinuses.
Cleaning chemicals are generally harsh, that’s why they can have a negative effect on your body. To avoid this don’t top cleaning, just make sure the space you’re cleaning is well ventilated.
Your family members, pets, and visitors can be causing your allergies to flare up. All sorts of allergens can be carried into your home by these friends and family. They may have irritants from their workplace, carry pollen spores on clothing or fur, or perhaps introduce mold through the same technique.
You need to be aware of this and make sure your family, friends, and guests remove their coats and put them in the garage or a room that you won’t go in. They’ll understand when you explain the allergy issue and you can enjoy the night together. If not, you can always meet outside.