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.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, over ⅓ of Americans feel they aren’t getting the quality of sleep they need for a good night’s rest. Sleep plays such an important role in our overall mental and physical health, so why is it something so many of us struggle with?
Every year on Thanksgiving we find ourselves in the same pattern: eating much more than we promised we would, then spending the evening fighting the expected wave of fatigue. As we struggle to keep our eyes open, we’re reminded of the common myth that the turkey dinner is to blame--we’ve been told that turkey contains tryptophan, which is a chemical responsible for making us feel tired.
As the leaves begin to change and we settle our families back into the routine of a new school year, we may notice a few rooms in our homes starting to double as spaces for homework, studying, and catching up on work. However, it’s not always easy to motivate ourselves or our children to be productive in the comfort of our own homes.