Asthma and allergy control in your home

If you or your family have allergies and asthma, you know the discomfort that occurs when it appears. There are many different triggers for allergies and asthma. Ventilation can improve air quality by drawing stale, pollutant-laden air out of your home and bring in fresh, clean air.

Most of us spend a large proportion of our lives indoors so it is worth considering the air quality of our homes. Air quality inside your home can have a huge effect on your health, especially if you suffer from asthma or allergies. Poor air quality inside your home can exacerbate existing symptoms or cause symptoms to start. Poor quality air contains such things as pollutants, dust, mites, pollens, cooking fumes, and other contaminants, which can trigger asthma and allergies*.

Common sources of indoor air pollutants include:

  • Household products i.e. fumes from cleaning products
  • Various human indoor activities i.e. fumes from cooking
  • External factors (from outdoors) i.e. pollens being brought indoors

*NOTE: Consult your doctor if you are concerned about your health conditions.

10 tips to ease indoor allergies

10 tips to ease indoor allergies

  1. Wash bed linens in hot water, preferably weekly, to kill dust mites. Use the dryer. Hanging clothes in the breeze can bring allergens inside.
  2. Groom and wash pets often, as many people are sensitive to animal fur and saliva.
  3. Wash stuffed toys as often as possible as they can harbour dust mites.
  4. Dry out basement and subfloor areas. Install proper insulation and ventilation to keep moisture and mould out.
  5. Update your house to hardwood floors if practicable and affordable. There will be no carpet to trap dust and dirt.
  6. Dust and clean your indoor plants. Ensure the plants are not overwatered as mould can develop.
  7. Clean air vents and grilles.
  8. If your home is built suspended off the ground, then make sure the area is dry and mould free. Install insulation such as Optimo and sub floor ventilation such as the EcoFan.
  9. Change air purifier filters as per manufacture’s instruction. For example, Edmond’s Sonair air purifier filter must be changed once a year. Clogged filters will not only prevent the purifier from working properly, it might also exacerbate the issue by sending dust back into your home.
  10. Clear up clutter. It is difficult to dust a cluttered home. Nooks, crannies and crevices are great resting places for dust, mites and allergens.
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