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Why Carpet is good for your allergies
Per the United Allergy Services
Carpet is actually beneficial to those with allergies. They state that carpet acts as a filter for the air. With proper maintenance of the carpet it can be a great investment in your home. The maintenance that is suggested of carpet is as follows
1 Regular Vacuuming
2 Limit dirt intrusion
3 Deep clean (yearly)
Carpet provides many benefits for many different people, including those with allergies. So before you spend a lot of money taking out your home’s carpet, remember why you chose it in the first place. Then take the proper steps to clean it so it complements your home for many years to come.
How to reduce allergens in the home
- Improve Ventilation - Dust mites and molds thrive in warm, damp environments so improving ventilation in the home will help to reduce their growth. This could be as simple as opening windows to allow the exchange of air or as complicated as having a ventilation system with HEPA filters fitted to the house. It obviously depends on the severity of the allergies as to what is required.
- Reduce Dampness - Make sure a quality damp-proof course is fitted to your home. Poor quality chemical damp-proof courses should be avoided. An electrostatic damp-proof course is an alternative to chemicals if a physical barrier is not an option.
- Use a Dehumidifier - An effective way to reduce moisture in the air to discourage dust mite and mold growth is to use a dehumidifier. They are relatively inexpensive, available from all good household goods stores and are an especially good idea if you need to keep windows shut due to pollen allergies.
- Keep Central Heating Low - In colder climates it is a good idea to keep radiators as low as possible to avoid encouraging growth of dust mites.
- Use a HEPA Vacuum Cleaner - Vacuum cleaners fitted with HEPA filters are a very effective means of reducing allergens. Vacuuming regularly with one of these is a very beneficial part of any allergen control strategy. Many manufacturers are now making models with HEPA filters, look out for ones recommended by allergy charities and organizations.
- Use HEPA Air Filters - Air filters using HEPA technology effectively reduce allergens in the air but have potential drawbacks in that they can be noisy and expensive on electricity. Nevertheless if you can put up with these factors an air filter should noticeably improve allergic symptoms.
- Use Natural Dust Mite Killers - A number of companies manufacture products that kill dust mites without using chemicals. These are mainly available through allergy related stores.
- Use Pet Allergen Reduction Products - There are products now becoming available that aim to remove allergens from pets coats. These mostly take the form of shampoos that are rubbed into the fur and rinsed off, taking allergens with them.
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