This Allergen Avoidance Action Plan will help protect your health and home by reducing your exposure to allergic triggers.
Our Allergen Avoidance Action Plan is based on recommendations from physicians and the National Institute of Health (NIH). Keep in mind that some steps are a top priority, but overall relief requires taking comprehensive action throughout your home to reduce your overall exposure.
1. Allergy Encasings: As a top priority, you should cover your pillows, mattress, box spring and comforter with allergen-proof encasings.
2. Healthy Bedding: Address other areas of the bed by washing linens and blankets in hot water or with a laundry product that removes allergens.
3. Home Care (Carpet): Remove or treat your carpet. The second largest source of allergens in the home is carpeting.
4. Home Care (Surfaces): Furniture and other surfaces collect allergens and need weekly cleaning. Choose leather furniture and window blinds that can be wiped clean rather than soft furnishings and drapes that collect allergens.
5. Allergen Control: Use air conditioning or a dehumidifier to keep humidity under 50%. This will help control dust mite and mold growth. Monitor humidity levels with a humidity gauge.
6. Air Purification: Use air filters, HEPA filtration air purifiers, and/or HEPA vacuum cleaners to capture airborne allergens. Always wear a face mask while cleaning to avoid inhaling allergens.