Now that the weather is getting warmer, there are likely some noticeable changes in the air. Yes, you guessed it, we are talking about allergy season. Unfortunately, allergy season is something that impacts countless Americans every single year. Many people are allergy to things like pollen and Mother Nature showers that down on us during the springtime.
• 1 in 5 people have allergy symptoms of some sort in the United States
• The annual cost of allergies in terms of health care, annually, is estimated at $7.9 billion, according to WebMD.
What is more interesting than those statistics is the fact that Americans actually spend 90% of our lives indoors. With that in mind, shouldn’t that mean we are less bothered by allergies? Unfortunately, those itchy, watery eyes and sneezes are not just common outdoors, but they can be caused by allergens that get inside of your home, too.
How To Reduce Allergies In The Home
The good news is that there are ways to reduce allergies in the home and fight back against allergy season.
• Cover your mattresses with dust covers to improve your sleep
• Be proactive about keeping your floors cleaned – vacuum or sweep and dust regularly to remove any allergens
• Lay a doormat directly outside of door as well as inside, this will keep allergens outside and not on the front door mat
• Make sure the air filters in all of your heating and cooling systems are up to date and clean
• Blinds and shades are less likely to trap allergens; however, you can opt for machine-washable curtains if you must have them
Of course, none of these tactics will prove successful if you first do not understand exactly what you are allergic to. Once you know that, you can use these tips to eliminate allergens that are causing you distress.