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Allergy Proof Your New Home and Breathe Easier
You’ve just moved in, started unpacking, made your first mortgage payment, and your nose starts itching. Even a brand new house may have allergens, and old houses can carry mold, dust and pet dander long after the previous owners have left. If you or your family members have sensitive allergies, there are simple solutions to allergy proof your new home.
Eliminate the cause of allergies at home
With allergens in a new home, a good carpet cleaning, dusting and a couple days airing it out may be all you need to do. However, sometimes just cleaning your home isn’t enough to prevent allergies. If you find you’re still sneezing after a thorough cleaning, take your allergy proofing to the next level.
• Remove old carpet, wallpaper, tile or linoleum in the bathroom and drywall in the basement if dust allergens or mold have accumulated too much
• Repaint with mold-resistant enamel paint and fix any leaks in the ceiling, walls or foundation
• Set traps or hire an exterminator to get rid of insects or mice as they may carry allergens. Then, seal off any potential entrances.
• Ask friends or family to refrain from smoking in your home as the smoke can permeate carpet and furniture fabric
• Use an exhaust fan that vents outside to remove cooking fumes and reduce moisture in the kitchen
• Avoid using wood-burning fireplaces or stoves if you have respiratory allergies. Consider natural gas stoves instead.
• Purchase air purifiers and dehumidifiers to improve the air quality in your home
• Bathe pets on a regular basis and keep them off the furniture
Cleaning your home regularly can help reduce allergy attacks
Cleaning your home once a week can keep allergens from settling in. Below are some tips for weekly or bi-weekly cleanings to help allergy proof your house.
• Vacuum the carpet using a vacuum with an air filter
• Wash bedding once a week in hot water, and choose allergy-proof covers for pillows and bed spreads
• Vacuum your mattresses and box springs once or twice a month to help reduce your allergies at home
• Dust regularly and avoid clutter that collects dust
• Mix a 5% bleach and water solution to remove mold from washable surfaces
• Mop the floors regularly and consider using a bleach mixture on tile and linoleum
• Wipe down the tub or shower after each use and scrub the tub and bathroom tile once a week
• Replace the filters in your heating and cooling system once a month and call a professional for a thorough cleaning of your furnace at the start of the season.
Use a home equity loan to make the changes needed when allergy proofing your home.
Many tricks for allergy proofing your home will depend on what you’re allergic to, so you may want to speak to your physician for specific ideas. If you need to renovate to reduce allergies at home, consider home equity financing options. Even if you just started making mortgage payments you may still be able to borrow on the value of your home.
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