Monday May 20, 2013
As the temperature finally begins to climb, we can surely say that spring is in the air. Literally. From weeds to spores to grass and tree pollens, the warmer weather is here and its driving everyone crazy!
With airborne allergen levels through the roof, cue the sniffling, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes. Our senses are in overdrive and apt to stay that way for months unless we find solace somewhere.
Now, being confined to the indoors may not be SO bad for those of us with an EarthCraft Home, however others may not be as lucky.
Regardless of where you live, it would benefit you and your family if you took a few steps to reduce the allergens in your home. Some steps can be complicated and time-consuming, but there are some easy things you can do that may help …
1. ITS HOT IN HERE
Hot and humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold. Maintain your home’s temperature at 70 F and keep relative humidity no higher than 50 percent. Clean or replace small-particle filters in central heating and cooling systems and in room air conditioners at least once a month.
2. KEEP IT CLOSED
Close doors and windows during warm weather and use air conditioning and dehumidifiers. If you find mold, clean washable material with a solution of 5 percent chlorine bleach and wear a protective mask when cleaning it away. If it’s non-washable, remove the material altogether. Check the roof and ceilings for water leaks.
3. SQUEAKY CLEAN
Make sure you clean your home frequently. Damp-mop or vacuum wood or linoleum flooring and also vacuum carpet. Use a vacuum cleaner with a small-particle or a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Use recommended cleaning supplies to clean other surfaces, including the tops of doors, windowsills and window frames. Don’t forget to change or clean heating and cooling system filters once a month.
4. NO SMOKING
Don’t allow smoking anywhere inside your house. It’s bad for your allergies AND your lungs!
If you are looking for a future home, we recommend choosing an EarthCraft Virginia Home. A home or building with an EarthCraft certification is one that has been designed to suit the unique climate conditions of the Southeast that brings with it many allergy challenges. EarthCraft projects are built for energy, water and resource efficiency, durability, and enhanced indoor air quality – all key factors in achieving a healthier, allergy-free and more sustainable lifestyle.