Pollen in the air? Allergy proof your home

More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Indoor air is five times more polluted than air outdoors. Here are some ways for you to take actions to control the air inside your home.

Clean the air

® Proper ventilation and non-leaking ductwork will prevent allergens from getting into your living space.

® Use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter in the air conditioning system.

® Keep the humidity levels in your home at about 50 percent as mold like moisture, dust and pollen are easily stirred up in dry air.

® Keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest: early morning, mid-day and in windy conditions.

Remove Clutter

® The less clutter you have in your home the fewer places there are for allergens to hang out, and the easier it will be to thoroughly clean each week.

® Focus on bedrooms as you and allergens tend to spend more time there.

® Get rid of old rags, newspapers and limit knickknacks to prevent dust from collecting and to allow for easy dusting.

Clean the Bathroom

® Mold is a common allergen that you can prevent by frequently cleaning walls, pipes and fixtures with a nontoxic cleaner.

® Inspect pipes for leaks and fix promptly.

® Check that your ventilation fans are routed to the outside and run for 30 minutes after a shower or bath.

Reduce Dust Generators

® If allergies are extreme consider removing curtains, high-pile carpet and all upholstered furniture: all cozy accommodations for allergens.

® Damp mop regularly, clean walls and other surfaces regularly.

Landscape Smart

® Choose trees, shrubs and plants that produce a low amount of airborne pollen.

® Consider planting more hostas, astilbe, impatiens, columbine or violas in your flower gardens.

–Source: Menards

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