Tips aim to help reduce home allergens

October 3, 2012

Washington – The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America recently offered tips on keeping allergens out of the home.

The tips were part of AAFA’s 2012 ranking (.pdf file) of the “most challenging places to live with fall allergies.”

More than 12 percent of the U.S. population has nasal allergies, and ragweed pollen is the primary allergy trigger in the fall, according to a press release from AAFA. To limit allergens at home, the organization recommends:

  • Keep windows and doors closed to prevent pollen from blowing into the home.
  • Control dust mites found on beds. Look for a certified asthma- and allergy-friendly mattress, and wash sheets in hot water to kill mites.
  • Use a vacuum with a high-efficiency filter weekly.
  • Change the air filter in your furnace every 30-90 days.
  • Reduce mold by decreasing moisture in the house, keeping humidity below 50 percent, and clearing your yard of damp firewood and leaves.