5 ways to combat allergies in your home
Different types of pollen can be found in the air at all times. Our worst season for allergy-inducing pollen, however, is Spring. It's during these months that allergy sufferers will struggle the most with hay fever-like symptoms. Battling the effects of pollen outdoors is hard enough, but when the air inside your own home is just as likely to cause allergy symptoms, it can be a nightmare.
So, how can you make sure your house is an allergy-free environment?
1. Purify the air with wool carpet
Wool can safely and effectively remove pollutants from the air inside your home. There are three gaseous air pollutants commonly found in the home that are known to have adverse health effects on humans. Wool carpet has the ability to remove all of these and is estimated to continue to purify the air for up to 30 years. It also traps particulate pollutants – dust, dirt, and allergens such as dust mites and pet hair – ensuring they can be easily removed by simply vacuuming once or twice a week.
2. Eliminate moisture from the air
Kitchens and bathrooms that are poorly ventilated are more likely to produce dampness and allergy-causing mould spores. Extraction fans and windows in these areas are the best way of reducing moisture build-up and mould. Using wool throughout your home – for flooring and furnishings – is another way of eliminating moisture from the air. Its inherent ability to actively absorb moisture from the air is something synthetic fibres have long been trying to emulate. Wool attracts and absorbs water molecules, removing moisture from inside a room before it even starts to feel damp.
3. Keep pollen out – and clean air in
Ensure your windows and doors are well sealed and keep them closed during the worst of the allergy season. This may mean you have to rely on air conditioning or a heat pump during pollen-heavy times. Using wool for flooring and furnishings is a good way of ensuring your home stays cool and comfortable, even when you can't open the windows. Wool is a natural thermoregulator – it assists with keeping your home warm in winter and cool in the summer.
4. Be vigilant about having pets in your home
Keeping pets out of your home can be heart-breaking if you’re an animal lover. To keep allergies at bay, it’s best to ensure pets stay out of your bedroom and living areas – at the very least – at all times. Can’t stay away from your beloved feline or canine friend? Washing furry housemates once a week can help with reducing allergy-causing dander. Remember to regularly wash pet bedding and vacuum the areas of your house where pets spend most of their time. Before buying a pet, consider breeds that are allergy-friendly such as poodles, Bichon Frise, Cornish and Devon Rex, and Sphynx.
5. Keep the temperature mild
Humid, hot houses are breeding grounds for allergy-causing dust mites and mould. Keeping the temperature in your home between 20℃ and 22℃, and the humidity no higher than 50%, is an excellent way to keep allergens under control. Using wool inside your home, for flooring and furnishings, is the natural way to keep your environment comfortable. Wool can regulate interior heat and moisture, ensuring humidity is kept at bay.
Health and wellbeing start with the air you breathe when you're inside the four walls of your home. Creating an allergy-free home environment means you can breathe easy, all year round.