Renters less likely to make changes to reduce household allergens: study

August 15, 2012

Arlington Heights, IL – People who rent their home make fewer recommended changes to their indoor environment to reduce allergy symptoms than those who own a home, according to a new study from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Recommended changes include adjusting a home’s humidity level to 60 percent and keeping pets out of bedrooms.

Researchers conducted phone interviews with people with known allergies. They found that of respondents who own their home, 91 percent make recommended changes, compared with 63 percent of renters.

ACAAI recommended all residents with household allergies take these additional steps to reduce symptoms:

  • Encase bed pillows, mattresses and upholstered furniture with dust-proof covers, and wash covers regularly in hot water
  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter
  • Eliminate carpeted floors
  • Clean visible mold and use an air purifier
  • Wash pets weekly to reduce dander

The study was published in the August issue of ACAAI’s journal, Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.