Do you suffer from allergies? I don't... but my husband and son do. My husband only seems to have issues seasonal (and minor) but my son seems to struggle all the time w/ his. I do the best I can to ensure my home up to par for his allergies. We bought the hypoallergic pillows & sprays. We spray his mattress. Consistently dusting and wiping down baseboards and door/window frames. Keeping the air at a comfy temp. We avoid wash with free & clear, etc.. whatever we can do to improv e his quality of life. It gets bothersome sometimes, to be honest... but I just put myself in his shoes. I'd want someone to take an extra step for me. Everyone deserves cleaner indoor air!
Since most people with allergies develop them during childhood, Dr. Alanna Levine, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), shares the ABC's to help maintain a healthier home environment:
A is for Avoid: Whenever possible, avoid irritants that often trigger allergies, such as products made of feathers or down. Use hypoallergenic pillows on your child's bed, and limit exposure to perfume, talcum powder, hair spray, air fresheners, fabric softeners or other strong odors or sprays. Strong fragrances and odors may aggravate allergy symptoms.
B is for Balance: Maintain a consistent balance in the home to help minimize allergens. Keep the windows shut and use central AC during high pollen seasons to help protect from pollen particles that release into the air.
C is for Change: Change items that are easy to neglect but are important for maintaining a healthier home, such as leaky faucets, pipes and other high moisture areas that are common places for mold growth. Don't neglect their air in the home either. Change your filter every three months, and use a high performance filter, such as a Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M.
The Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filter from 3M captures 94 percent of large airborne particles, such as household dust, pollen and mold spores, from the air passing through the filter. It also captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles, such as smoke, smog and particles that can carry bacteria and viruses, than ordinary fiberglass filters. It also helps maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems reducing the amount of energy needed.
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If you have time - share w/ me and other readers by telling us your tips & ways of reducing allergens in your home.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.