Tips for improving your air quality

Ways to reduce indoor allergens and improve air quality.
We spend nearly 90 percent of our time indoors, so it's no surprise that many people have allergic symptoms to common indoor allergens such as dust mites, animal dander, cockroaches, mold and mildew, and certain odors. Sure, you can see a doctor about your allergies (check out these specialists), but you can also make some improvements in your indoor environment that can help you clear the air and breathe a much-needed sigh of relief.

Curtailing dust
It's not the dust that's a problem, but rather the dust mites who live in it.

  • Reduce dust by getting rid of carpets and draperies.

  • Clear out your bedroom of dust mite gathering spots by removing clutter.

  • Wash your bedding every week.

  • Encase your mattress and pillows in special casings.

  • Vacuum often — you might find a HEPA filter helps.

Need help? Here are personal organizers and housecleaning services who can help keep your home dust-free.

Remove the mold

  • Look out for leaks and repair them quickly.

  • Remove moldy wallpaper.

  • Keep mold from moving in to your kitchen and bathrooms by aiming for a cool house. Using a dehumidifier removes humid air, which helps mold to grow.
These plumbers, wallpaper experts, and HVAC professionals are at your service.

Pick your pets carefully

Allergic to saliva and dander from dogs and cats, and urine from rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters? Then, for goodness sake, don't bring these pets into your home. If they've already found a place in your heart and by your hearth, at least keep them out of your bedroom, get someone else to clean the cage, and put clothes behind closed doors and drawers as quickly as possible.

Need pet advice? Contact these pet professionals.

Run off the roaches

Roach droppings can be a major problem for those with allergies and asthma. Keep your house clean of crumbs and food properly stored so you don't attract them. Use roach bait or get a professional exterminator in to get rid of them. These pros would be glad to help you.

Stop the smell

Other indoor irritants include household items with strong odors such as hair spray and paint. These salons and painters can recommend alternatives that may not bother you.

Open the windows

Allow some fresh air in daily--and indoor allergens out. If your windows are stuck or not operating properly, call one of these window repair specialists. It takes time to get your house allergens under control. But once you do, you may notice an improvement in your condition.

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