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How to Create an Allergy-Healthy Home

If allergies are a problem in your home, use the tips in DIY Basic to take care of the problem.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Keep Out Moisture in the Summer

One important way to reduce harmful allergens is by keeping out moisture. Sealing cracks and diverting water away from your foundation are good places to start. Because dust mites can’t live in low humidity, a dehumidifier helps eliminate them by keeping the air dry in summer.

Step 3: Add Moisture in the Winter

In cold weather, you’ll want to add moisture to promote healthier breathing. You can install whole house humidifiers that work with your home’s HVAC system.

In the wintertime, the average humidity in some homes can be lower than that of the Sahara desert. This can lead to dry skin, "carpet shock", cracking woodwork and more. Whole house humidifiers work with your home’s heating and cooling system to maintain a proper, comfortable humidity level throughout the home. It also allows you to turn down the thermostat a few degrees, saving you money, because humid air feels warmer.

Step 4: Clean the House Regularly

Ongoing maintenance should include electrostatic filters, which trap particles using an electric charge. As air passes through an electrostatic air filter, it produces friction that creates a natural electrostatic charge between the honeycomb pattern of polypropylene and the layers of bonded polyester fibers. The electrostatic charge attracts dust particles like a magnet. These particles consist of irritants and allergens such as bacteria, dust mites, pollen, fabric lint, plant and mold spores, dander and tobacco smoke. Electrostatic filers will also keep carpets, draperies, windows and upholstery cleaner, reduce dusting as much as 50%, and make a significant reduction in your energy bill.

Regular house cleaning makes a big difference, too. A vacuum with a HEPA filter can remove many allergens from furniture, floors and mattresses. Some washing machines have a special allergen cycle to fight dust and pet dander.

Health home vacuums have several features to help reduce the spread of allergy causing particles. Non-stop suction removes dirt and allergens from all surfaces. Product protection attachments fight the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew. An airtight HEPA filtration system traps and seals in 100% of dust mites, pollen, ragweed, mold spores and nearly all pet dander. Plus, it purifies the air while you clean.