Spring cleaning is a familiar concept, but few people know about the importance of cleaning house in the winter months. In actuality, this season can wreak havoc on individuals with allergies. While investing in a medical-grade home air purifier like the IQAir HealthPro Plus can go a long way toward making a home a more comfortable, livable space, there are a few other strategies that can help people with allergies when temperatures drop.
"During the winter, families spend more time indoors, exposing allergic individuals to allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, smoke, household sprays and chemicals, and gas fumes - any of which can make their lives miserable," said Dr. William Reisacher of the Allergy Center at New York - Presbyterian Hospital.
Turning on an exhaust fan when cooking or showering is key, as it can remove excess humidity from a home and prevent mold spores from growing. Additionally, individuals should conduct regular checks of a space to see if there are any visible signs of mold or spots that are susceptible to the growth.
It is a good idea to keep at least one room in a home an allergen-free zone. For many, this is the bedroom, and it should be free of pets, plants and dust-collecting pieces of furniture. This room needs regular cleanings as well, and it is important to wash sheets, pajamas and bed liners in hot water to remove any dust mites.