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The Ideal Home – For Allergy And Asthma Sufferers!

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The ideal home might vary a lot from person to person.

But one thing that we do know is that for an allergy sufferer, or an asthmatic, they tend to have the same things in common.

They need to be low polluting and as allergy proof as possible!

Here is our checklist of things to be on the lookout for, when buying your dream home.

And even if it is a bit late for buying a new home, there are still things that you can do to make your current abode a little more allergy friendly!

VOCS

This stands for volatile organic compounds. These are found in wood finishes and paints and can cause problems for sufferers.

Check the products used in the home against the VOC level they contain. These substances are one of the prime causes of childhood asthma.

Fortunately, we are not the only builders these days committed to removing or minimizing the use of VOCs in their homes.

THE AIR SYSTEM

Your HVAC or heating and air conditioning unit can make all the difference when it comes to managing your allergies and asthma. In many cases, you will need to buy an air purifier for allergies.

HEATING

A system which uses under floor, radiant heating is preferable for allergy sufferers, to one which pushes air particles around the home.

COOLING

Air conditioning can also be a problem for allergy sufferers, for the same reasons as the heating can be.

Anything that is pushing the same air particles about the place may be distributing dust and other debris about it as well.

For this reason, we would strongly suggest you invest in a HEPA air purifier.

This can help remove dust, as well as other irritants, from the flow of air around your home.

As well as removing dust, it can help to minimize pollen and pet dander – two other major causes of problems.

Additionally, an air purifier will help with any mold problem that there might be in the home. Mold spores can also cause allergic reactions.

As well as the air purifier, a de humidifier might also be employed in an effort to rid the home of mold and damp.

THE VENTILATION

Proper ventilation is also essential for the good health of everyone in your home.

Simply opening a window can help, although it must be remembered this can also be a source of problems in itself – i.e. pollen.

THE MATERIALS

The materials used in the building of your home are paramount.

You should be looking for homes built without VOCs.

In addition to this, look at the adhesives used in the home. Also check the materials used in the flooring, the walls and the upholstery.

Look for natural based clays and plasters, when researching walls, and drywall boards that are mold resilient.

Check carefully for products that are fungus resistant, which use no toxic ingredients or anything else potentially hazardous.

Paints can now be bought which are low in VOCs and other toxins.

Look for paints which not only produce no or low odors, but which can absorb other odors around them.

These are only a few of the things you can do to improve your home environment. To find out more, subscribe to our blog!

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Are You Allergic To Your Own Home?

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As many as forty million Americans might be allergic to their own homes.

Whilst this is a shocking statistic, it is not as surprising as it seems, when you think about the masses of bugs, allergens, dust, pet hair and other pollutants that are swirling around in the air. This is even before you start to consider all the potential chemical irritants that the average person has living in their homes.

So, might you be one of those affected?

THE SIGNS

For most people, symptoms that they are possibly allergic to their own homes are very similar to hay fever. These include;

Itching eyes (62.1%) sneezing (66.9%) and the number one symptom; a runny nose (67.8%).

THE WORST ROOM

For nearly sixty percent of all sufferers, the worst room proves to be their own bedroom.

This is probably because of all the dust mites in the bed – the average bed contains roughly two million!

THE CONFUSION

It is all too easy to mix up the symptoms of an allergy to the home with other ailments, such as a cold or hay fever.

THE FREQUENCY

It is possible that between ten to twenty percent of the population has some degree of allergy to something within their home.

In most cases, someone with an allergy will develop it before the age of twenty.

Both genders are equally affected by allergies.

THE CAUSE

It is believed that the primary cause of home allergies is house dust mites.

These thrive in the moist and warm conditions that are found in the home. Feeding on dead skin cells and human sweat, these are to be found in beds, carpets, upholstery and fabrics of all types.

The prime irritant to humans is in their feces.

After these, the next most common allergens are pets and mold spores.

THE CURE

To combat dust mites you should;

  • Wash bedding at 60 degrees Celsius – or above – at least weekly.
  • Change your mattress every eight years, at least.
  • Change pillows yearly.
  • Remove the carpet for twice weekly vacuuming. Also clean and vacuum the floor beneath the carpet. Some allergy sufferers find replacing carpeting for other flooring solutions to be an easier method.
  • Also steam clean the carpets and other upholstery.
  • Try and keep soft furnishings to a minimum.
  • Buy easily washable, lightweight, cotton curtains and wash them frequently.
  • Wash all soft toys at sixty degrees Celsius, at least. If they cannot be washed at sixty degrees, place them in a plastic bag and put in the freezer for twenty four hours. Then wash them at the recommended temperature.
  • Invest in a dehumidifier and an air purifier. The dehumidifier will help with mold spores and the air purifier can help with dust mites, pet dander and other pollutants that live in your home.

Although it is not guaranteed that you can completely rid yourself of your home allergy, by following the above advice you are doing the best that you can to minimize the symptoms!