Sneezing, eyes that are itchy and watery, scratchy throat. Good news is, it’s likely not a cold. The bad news is, you could be suffering from allergies. For some people, simply adjusting your routine to taking an allergy pill once a day will alleviate allergy symptoms. For others, it’s not as easy to rid themselves of the dreadful symptoms allergy season brings. Luckily, you can make some easy changes around the house to help you and your family breathe easier.
Here are a few tips to relieve the discomfort and frustration you might be experiencing from allergies:
Upgrade your vacuum
Do you and your family a favor and purchase a new vacuum cleaner. A high-quality vacuum cleaner that contains a HEPA filter like any of the Miele Complete C3 line of upright cleaners will be the best vacuum for allergies. It is well worth the investment.
Miele carries a variety of vacuum cleaners that are equipped with the AirClean filters that use active charcoal filtration to maximize odor control and prevents allergens and pet dander to consume the air you breathe at home.
And once you become the proud owner of a Miele, use it—regularly. Our previous blog “Vacuuming – How Often Do You Really Need to Do It?” breaks down how important it is to vacuum your home on a regular basis.
You spend a good portion of time in your bedroom with your face nestled comfortably on a pillow, buried under the sheets. Find a pillow that is allergy-proof that fights off common dust mites. Next, find a mattress pad that prevents allergens as well. And finally—wash your sheets, blankets, comforters, and pillowcases weekly.
Change air filters
As a homeowner, you carry the responsibility to change out your air filters every six months. Just remember to change it at each season change, and you’ll be off to a great start. Fortunately for allergy sufferers, many furnace filters come with options that will target any of their allergy triggers.
Speaking of air filters—changing out the air filter in your Miele vacuum is just as important as changing the air filter at home. If you are vacuuming as regularly as you should, then you only need to swap out the HEPA AirClean filter every 50 hours, or once a year. Miele has made it easy for users by adding an indicator that turns red when it’s time for a new filter.
Mold is one of most common asthma and allergy triggers, yet many homeowners don’t take the proper precautions to address it. Mold grows from wet surfaces, such as window sills, doorways, refrigerators, sinks, toilets, utility closets, basements, garages, wherever moisture can get it—mold can grow. Take a quick trip to the hardware store and pick up a tube of waterproof and/or weatherproof caulking and seal any cracks or separations you can notice. Be sure your home is properly ventilated to control humidity levels indoors.
No, we will not tell you to give up your beloved fur babies. But asthma and allergy sufferers are triggered by pet dander. Set boundaries for your animals and don’t let them on your couches, or bed where their hair can collect and aggravate allergy symptoms. Keep animals bathed, and use a de-shedding comb on their coat regularly to prevent a build-up of pet hair. And of course—vacuum. The Miele Complete C3 Cat & Dog cleaner is the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair. Now you, your family, and your pets can live and breathe easier.
Allergies are the worst, but you don’t have to live in misery if you are an allergy or asthma sufferer. By following these simple tips around the house, you’ll thank yourself later.
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