The Most Common Allergens in your Home
As summer approaches, temperatures are warming up and weather is changing for the better. Unfortunately, humid living spaces also create an ideal environment for allergens like dust mites and mold to thrive in. With your health in mind, here are the 3 most common home allergens and how to avoid them:
1.) Dust Mites
Dust mites, not dust, are actually the most common allergy and asthma symptom trigger in a home, according to research done by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. While they can be found virtually anywhere inside a home, they tend to like beds and soft furnishings like sofas and couches the most. To avoid dust mites, wash linens in 130-degree temperature water every 1 to 2 weeks.
Mold grows in dark, damp areas of the home like basements and thrives in moist environments like bathroom showers. With this in mind, avoid turning the basement into a bedroom and opt for tile instead of carpet in case of water damage down there. If you see signs of mildew or mold growth in your home, call a trained mold removal specialist like our technicians at 911 Restoration for immediate elimination.
3.) Pet Dander
Pet dander, particularly from cats and most breeds of dogs, is an extremely common allergy for humans. If you insist on having a pet, make sure that you clean the excess hair and fur from shedding and invest in a heavy-duty vacuum. Also, if you’re allergic to dogs, look into adopting a hypoallergenic breed like a poodle.
In addition to dust mites, mold, and pet dander, irritants like cigarette smoke and pollen can also wreak havoc on individuals with allergies and asthma. If while cleaning your home or basement you discover a mildew infestation or mold spores, contact 911 Restoration right away and we’ll come take care of the problem for you!