While the spring season ushers in blossoming trees, fresh grass, and seasonal flowers, you might also see an onslaught of itchy eyes and sneezing fits. And while the most common culprits are flourishing on the outside of your home, you might be surprised to see how many allergens are found within your home.

If you suffer from allergies, read on to find out what they are and where they might be hiding.

The main source of indoor allergens are pets, carpet, bedding, and indoor plants. Surface allergens can enter the air when you dust, sit, or start moving things around. You can control dust mites by keeping surfaces clean, especially in the bedroom where you spend one-third of your time. Keeping bare floors and walls are best.

Keeping your windows and doors closed will help keep pollen and other outdoor allergens from entering the home. If you use a window unit air conditioner, make sure the air setting is set to recirculate so that outdoor air doesn’t make its way inside.

Mold spores are another allergen that can wreak havoc on your sinuses and trigger asthma attacks. The best way to avoid mold spores is to reduce moisture around your home. Using a dehumidifier will help to reduce both mold and dust mites. Also fix any leaks or other causes of damp areas so that mold doesn’t have the chance to grow.


Source: www.aafa.org, “Control Indoor Allergens to Improve Indoor Air Quality”