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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 9/9/2019

During the winter season, many people are forced to stay indoors, exposing them to different kinds of allergens like pet dander, dust, and mold. These indoors allergens have a lot of adverse health effect like stuffy nose, sneezing, teary, itchy or red eyes, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing, and Itching.

One of the ways to reduce the levels of allergens in your home is by using environmental control products. These products will help minimize the effect of the indoor allergens on your health. The five tips to reduce indoor allergens are as follows:

Replace the furnace filter

You should not overlook the furnace filter when getting rid of allergens in your home. Allergens like pet dander and dust can accumulate in the air duct. The use of an high-efficiency furnace filter is an effective way to minimize the amount of harmful indoor allergens in your home. Make it a point of duty to change your every ninety days. 

Change your bedding 

Carpets, mattresses, pillows, and rugs are some of those things we use in the house that harbor allergens. To help minimize allergens in the home, consider the use of box springs, encased mattresses, and pillows covered with allergen-proof material. By so doing, you will reduce your exposure to allergens while you sleep. 

Tidy up your house regularly 

Dusting the house when necessary will help cut down on allergens like pet dander and dust mites. For proper cleaning of your home, you can use a HEPA filter to vacuum the whole house and use an electrostatic cloth or a microfiber when dusting your books and other necessary areas of the house. A microfiber or an electrostatic fiber cloth that will attract the dust is essential because the dirt will stick to the surface of the fabric rather than moving around while you are dusting. 

Avoid pet dander

Just like humans, winter season forces pets to stay indoors. The saliva and dander of common pets such as dogs and cat are allergic. You can minimize the amount of dander your pet sheds by bathing them once in a week. Moreover, always wash hands thoroughly after petting a pet and keep the pets out of bedrooms. 

Monitor Humidity Level

Many people use humidifiers in their homes to improve the amount of moisture in the air during winter. Humidifying is an excellent way to prevent dryness, but if you don't monitor the level of humidity, you might be making your home favorable for the growth of dust miles and mold. Employ the use of humidity meter to control the level of moisture in your home.

Consider the tips given above to reduce the indoor allergens in your home and put an end to its adverse effect on your health. If you’re shopping for a new home, let your real estate agent know about any hypoallergenic needs so they can find properties with integrated air filters and other similar features.




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Posted by Robin V. Wish on 12/28/2015

Old and dried out PointsetaAre you a plant killer?  If so, don't feel discouraged.  Many people looking to add a touch of green to their homes end up on the "most wanted" list.  Luckily for them (and perhaps you as well), plant killing isn't a crime.  Also, there are a few plants that can survive even the most neglectful of plant keepers.  If you think that keeping houseplants healthy is out of your league, then give these hardy friends a chance to shine in your home. Air Plants - Also known as Epiphytes, these plants derive most, if not all of the moisture and nutrients they need from the air.  They can be put almost anywhere in your home, and are virtually indestructible.  These plants don't even need soil.  At most, they'll need a light mist every few months. Succulents - These plants are known for their large, fleshy, unusual appearance.  A common misconception about Succulents is that they are cacti.  While it is true that most cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti.  They are relatively cheap to purchase, and once rooted, can be a beautiful addition to your home.  Given the abundance of varieties to choose from, odds are you'll be able to find a succulent that complements any home style. Aloe - Not only is aloe a succulent, it is one of only a few plants that can be kept for not only decorative purposes, but medicinal as well.  The gel in aloe vera plants has been used for skin irritations, such as cuts and burns.  The gel can also be processed into soaps. Jade - Jade is also a succulent, and can be a beautiful addition to your home.  Many jade plants are purchased as bonsai trees, and upkeep is minimal.  While not as hardy as the other plants on the list, this is a good plant to take a shot at after you've managed to keep a few air plants and hardier succulents alive. Golden Pothos - Not only is this plant incredibly hardy, it also qualifies as an "air scrubber", removing toxins from the air in your home.  Trimmings can easily be cultivated into plants, and the rate of growth can be incredibly fast.  Care should be taken to avoid ingestion by pets and children.







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