Your home is your haven, and the last thing you want is to be constantly sniffling and sneezing in it. But for millions of allergy sufferers, that’s an everyday reality. However, just because you or other people in your home have allergies doesn’t mean you have to sell your house and start living in a bubble, as remodeling it to make it allergy-friendly is far easier than you think. We take a look at 3 of the top ways you can remodel your home and make it easier to live in.
1. Get Rid of Carpeting and Go For Bare Floors
Unless you’re the type of person who’s willing to vacuum thoroughly every single day with a high-powered vacuum cleaner and invest in steam-cleaning your carpets on a really regular basis, carpets are just not that worth it for allergies. They’re excellent breeding grounds for dust, mites and other allergens, as the carpet fibers are perfect for holding things in tightly without letting them go.
You’d be much better off stripping your wall-to-wall carpeting and going with hardwood or cork flooring, as they’re much easier to keep clear of allergens. If you need any more convincing, just remember the last time you vacuumed your carpets: an hour to do the entire house, lugging that heavy machine around, or simply sweeping and mopping floors in less than half the time.
2. Upgrade Your Furnace and Air Filter
Ideally, your home should be a barrier between the allergens floating around freely outside and a clean, easy-to-breathe in environment inside. And how your home does this is with the furnace and air filter, but they’re only as good as the equipment itself.
One of the most popular choices for air filters is a HEPA filter, or high-efficiency particulate air filter. They may not necessarily rid your home of allergens, but they are the best air filters or cleaners to have around to stop more from getting in. If you get a central air filtration unit, that’ll do the job most efficiently. It’s also more expensive than portable HEPA filters, so the choice is yours. Just remember to regularly clean or change the HEPA filter so it can continue to do a great job.
3. Reduce the Humidity Everywhere
Two of the most common allergens to plague people are mold and mildew, and they both new damp environments to thrive. And if you can cut out that dampness, you’ll go a long way towards cutting out two huge allergens.
However, actually doing this is a bit of a big project — but worth it every step of the way. One way is to remodel your home with new windows, ones that seal tightly so pollen and mold stay out. Good quality windows can also help insure that humidity inside the house stays low, reducing the amount of mildew that can grow. Another way is to waterproof your basement foundation, which, while may take a bit of work, is one of the most effective ways at cutting down on humidity inside. Remember, a humidity level of about 45% is what you’re aiming for.