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Menards: Pollen in the air? Allergy proof your home

Posted: 9:00 AM, May 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 09:00:18-04
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LANSING, Mich. — More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Indoor air is 5 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, midday 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.

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