The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that 25% of Americans suffer from allergies. The uncomfortable symptoms can make life very distressing and unpleasant, especially if you cannot completely eliminate the allergy. When this happens, reducing exposure to these irritants becomes priority number one. Your home, though comfortable and wonderful, is full of allergy offenders. Here are some home improvement tips that can help keep these nasty symptoms at bay.
Pollen and other vile irritants floating around outside can easily make their way into your house through the tiniest of openings. To ensure that these unwelcome visitors keep out, gather some caulk and caulk up holes in the floors and walls; place weather-stripping around your doors and windows. Place screening over the vents in your kitchen, bathroom and laundry room. These measures will also keep out cockroaches and mice, since their droppings can easily get into the air and can potentially be a major irritant to somebody with allergies or asthma.
While attractive to look at, curtains can easily collect dust and other irritants. If you live in a house with a person who has allergies, or if you have allergies, swap the curtains for blinds. In today’s modern era, there is more variety now and you can find blinds in a stylish design that you or the allergy-ridden person in your life will most likely enjoy, with regular cleaning. If, perhaps, you or the allergic person in your life cannot bear to part with curtains, then choose curtains that are easy to wash and do so once a month.
Purifying the air that comes through the vents should be a definite priority, when fighting allergies and asthma. Look into installing furnace filters—these are specially designed to trap pesky allergens. Despite being more expensive than standard filters, if it helps you or the allergic person in your life breathe easier and can eliminate the vile symptoms of allergies, it is worth every pretty penny.
If you have allergies or asthma, or there are people in your life who suffer from them, then carpeting can seriously aggravate your symptoms. No matter how well you vacuum, you can never quite get rid of it all and anytime someone walks on it, then allergens will inevitably float into the air. Any other type of hard flooring is much better than carpeting, but the manufacturing processes of some types can contain very harmful substances that irritate allergy sufferers.
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If you’re interested in laminate, vinyl or bamboo flooring, make sure to inquire about any chemicals used during the manufacturing process. Consider the fact that smooth stone is a far superior choice than porous stone. Better choices include hardwood, cork, ceramic and porcelain.
Aside from adding beauty to your home and boosting your mood, plants naturally improve the indoor air quality of your home. But also, look into getting the right plants, ones that are most efficient at filtering most harmful substances from the air. Look into getting any of these plants: English ivy, spider plant, peace lily, Chinese evergreen, snake plant, heartleaf philodendron, cornstalk dracaena, weeping fig, bamboo palm, gerbera daisy, rubber plant, elephant ear philodendron, pot mum, red-edged dracaena and selloum philodendron. To reap the maximum benefits possible, a 2,000 square foot house should have fifteen to eighteen plants in containers of at least 6 inches.
If at any time, you feel that you lack the expertise or experience necessary for the air sealing work, and happen to live in the surrounding areas of Northeast Florida, consider contacting Taylor Refrigeration & Air Conditioning.
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