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How to Allergy-Proof Your Home This Spring

How to Allergy-Proof Your Home This Spring

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Spring is in the air. The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, birds are singing. And your allergies have flared up again.

While you can’t control the outdoors, you can minimise the triggers in your own home with a few simple steps. Here’s how.

The 5 Worst Allergy Triggers (and how to beat them)

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Pollen

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The height of pollen season usually occurs between late September and December, according to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy.

Pollen is generally more prevalent between 6am and midday. Pollen allergy occurs when pollen combines with water, creating particles small enough to be breathed into airways.

High pollen counts usually occur on calm, hot days but are also associated with thunderstorms.

Trigger-free Tips

Knowledge is power. You can keep an eye on Australia’s pollen counts here.

Try to stay inside on windy days throughout pollen seasons.

Regularly vacuum carpet, soft furnishings and wood/tiled floors to keep pollen counts down.

Use a dryer or an inside rack to dry your clothes.

Take shoes off outside or wipe your shoes on an abrasive mat at the door.

Indoor plants such as the Philodendron and indoor palm varieties can improve indoor air quality. Be aware that some plants produce pollen as part of their reproductive process.

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Dust Mites

There are likely thousands of dust mites hiding in your home. One of their favourite places is your mattress, which provides a warm, dark environment to hide while they feast on their food of choice – dead skin cells.

Dust mites excrete twice their body weight daily and it’s this excrement that creates health issues. This toxic microscopic excrement contains 17 separate allergens and 7 different active enzymes that enter our lungs and respiratory system, generating an allergic reaction.

Trigger-free Tips

Wash bedding at least once a week with warm water and invest in dust mite covers.

Dust mites hate UV light – take your mattress out into the sunshine for at least an hour every few months.

Keep windows open as much as possible to let UV light in.

Invest in a vacuum with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter. These trap smaller particles of dust that a regular vacuum just recirculates back into your home.

A professional service is recommended annually for allergy sufferers.

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Pet Problems

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You may not have to make the choice between your beloved pet and a life without allergies. Whether it’s pet hair or the dander (flecks of skin) they shed, just the mention of a cat or dog close by can make an allergy sufferer’s eyes water.

Here are a few strategies that may prevent symptoms.

Trigger-free Tips

Thinking about getting a pet? Ensure it’s a short-haired variety. Your pet shouldn’t sleep in your bedroom.

A weekly bath for your pet will keep the allergen count low.

A HEPA vacuum will target pet dander effectively.

Wash your pet’s bedding frequently.

Wash your hands (and avoid touching your eyes) if you’ve just given your pet a cuddle.

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Mould

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Your bathroom creates the moist, warm environment that mould needs to thrive. Mould spores trigger allergic or histamine reactions including a runny nose, breathing issues, sore eyes and lethargy.

Trigger-free Tips

Treat smaller infestations of mould with a 1:1 vinegar and water solution. Wipe down, let it dry and repeat if necessary!

Seek expert advice if your infestation is severe. An expert will treat the mould with specialised antibacterial and antifungal solutions, mist the air to treat spores and provide advice on the reason for the mould infestation.

Use DampRid or a dehumidifier in smaller spaces to remove moisture and inhibit mould growth.

Always use exhaust fans while showering and leave the fan running for about 10 minutes after you get out.

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Air Conditioner

If your air conditioner hasn’t been cleaned for a while, there could be a build-up of mould and other contaminants in there, which may be getting blown around your home (and into your airways) every time you turn on the AC.

Trigger-free Tips

Clean air conditioner filters once or twice a year, following the manufacturer’s manual to ensure you don’t void your warranty.

Invest in indoor plants – some species will improve air quality, may alleviate allergy symptoms and look great too. We recommend the Peace Lily, Devil’s Ivy and Areca Palm. Wipe down the leaves once a week to avoid dust build-up.

Electrodry provides services that can ease the severity of your allergy triggers. Our healthy mattress cleaning, mould remediation, air conditioner cleaning and our signature carpet dry cleaning include the use of specialised solutions and equipment that target contaminants that aggravate allergies.

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