How to have an Asthma Friendly Home
- Remove airborne allergens with a high-powered true HEPA air purifier.
- Keep windows and doors closed to prevent entry of pollutants.
- Wear a mask when doing yard work to avoid inhaling pollen.
- Use a dehumidifier to keep your air between 35-50% humidity.
- Vacuum once or twice a week to keep allergens to a minimum.
- Clean your air ducts and change the fitlers before turning on your heater for the first time.
For more suggestions on how to make your home asthma friendly, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has a useful checklist for families that can be downloaded on their website. You can also find products that have been certified by the AAFA as being asthma and allergy friendly, such as the Rabbit Air MinusA2 air purifier.
Hidden Mold in Leaves
If you plan on doing any yard work outside, be sure to wear a mask and gloves while raking and avoid contact with the face. Keep an eye on leaves that have been sitting for awhile, as they can become damp, which mold thrives in. Lastly, it's also important to keep windows and doors closed, as mold can easily enter your home, which can create other issues as well.