Allergens are present in most homes, and can be an easy problem for homeowners to ignore. However, in households with family members who suffer from allergies, the presence of these allergens can be dangerous. Here are five common allergy triggers to look out for in your Tampa Bay area home:
Common Household Allergy Triggers
- Dust mites – Dust is present in every home, and with dust comes the microscopic mites who feed on it, which cause allergy symptoms for many people. There are a number of things you can do to get rid of dust mites in your home, starting with routine cleaning. If you have carpet, vacuum regularly with a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter, and wipe surfaces frequently. Air purification systems can also help keep dust mites at bay.
- Pet dander – We all love our pets, but pet dander can make life difficult for those with cat or dog allergies. To lessen exposure to pet dander, keep pets off upholstered furniture, especially beds, as upholstery can trap dander. Air purifiers also help to filter pet dander out of the home.
- Mold – Mold is one of the most common allergy triggers, but it can be hard to locate and eradicate. Mold is often present in damp bathrooms and basements, or in areas with leaks or other moisture issues. Seal any leaks and clean up mold with bleach, and invest in a dehumidifier for damp areas.
- Cockroaches and other insects – No one wants to think about the possibility of pests in their home, but cockroaches can leave droppings that cause allergy symptoms. Make sure your home is tidy, with no food or food residues left unattended, and call an exterminator if roaches are present.
- Pollen – Pollen is usually considered an outdoor allergen, but it can easily enter the home. Pollen can come in through open windows, so avoid using windows for ventilation, especially on windy days. Pollen can also travel on shoes and clothing, so remove shoes and outerwear at the door to avoid distributing pollen throughout the home.
Learn more about indoor air quality solutions that can help eliminate common allergy triggers from Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. or contact us today at 866-881-5935.
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