April 18, 2018
We typically associate allergies with outdoor factors that come with the changing of the season, like pollen from trees and flowering plants. It might seem safe to assume that you can help calm your allergy symptoms after staying indoors for a bit–but what if this isn’t the case?
Some of the most common allergy irritants are actually found indoors, especially in homes.
It turns out it’s just as important to allergy-proof your home as it is to check on the outdoor seasonal pollen count. How can you make sure your home is a safe haven from allergens? It's actually easier than you think! Here are our favorite tips for keeping your home allergy-free:
Many common household cleaners contain VOCs–-chemicals that evaporate into your air that can cause eczema flare-ups, allergies, asthma, and headaches. This is especially true for scented cleansers and detergents. Check the ingredients list on your cleaning products, or opt for all-natural cleaning techniques.
Avoid using a feather duster. Feather dusters actually make the situation worse by pushing dust into the air instead of eliminating it. Opt instead for a damp cloth, which will trap dust on contact.
Dusting can also be as simple as not wearing your shoes indoors. Up to 60% of dust particles are made from materials brought in from outdoors, and many allergists believe shoes that were just worn outside are to blame. Try to leave your shoes at the door every time you enter your home.
High indoor humidity can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can trigger allergies. Try to keep the humidity levels in your home between 20% and 60%.
Be careful vacuuming. When you vacuum, dust and hold that has settled in your carpet can be uprooted and blown around your house–and can take hours to settle back down. Try to wear a mask when you vacuum, and look into buying vacuums with a HEPA filter built in to catch dust.
Certain indoor plants have actually been known to make allergy symptoms worse--and many of these plants are very common! Read our list of the 5 houseplants to avoid for a better allergy season.
Most allergists recommend changing the air filters in your home’s heaters and air conditioners at least every 3 months.
Indoor allergens are difficult to spot because they can be small air particles. The best way to keep track of the allergens in your home is with an indoor air quality monitor, like Awair. Awair tracks indoor air quality in real-time and provides tips to help you stay safe and healthy all year.
Whether you realize it or not, the air you breathe has a direct impact on your short- and long-term health. Below, we’ve listed five serious health risks linked to air pollution.
This year’s wildfire season is record-breaking. In the US, millions of acres of land and property have burned, with tens of thousands of people evacuated. In early October, the California Fire Department reported more than 15,000 firefighters relentlessly working to contain 22 major wildfires throughout the state.
One of the biggest challenges you can face as a renter is how to make your apartment feel like your own. It isn’t easy decorating and expressing your personal style while having to draw within the lines of the long list of rules on your lease. If you’ve gotten creative and figured out a few ways to change up the apartment’s aesthetic to make it feel like more like your apartment, you’re on the right track! There’s another way you can take control of your apartment like any homeowner beyond decorating, and it involves how healthy you choose to make your space.