Eco-Friendly Ideas to Reduce Environmental Allergies at Home

House plant -- reducing environmental allergens home.Developing allergies is often hereditary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t develop them over time — even if nobody in your family has them. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans experience various types of allergies each year. According to WebMD, 40% of children in the United States have allergies.

Given the fact that many Americans of all ages suffer from allergies, and the fact that the average American spends 87% of their lives indoors, reducing environmental allergens in your home is a great way to reduce allergy exposure.

The best way to accomplish this goal is to improve your homes air quality in an eco-friendly manner. This not only immediately reduces the amount of dust and other common allergens that may be present in your home, but it helps preserve the environment as well.

In this article, I will be discussing three eco-friendly ways you can improve your homes air quality, and as a result, reduce environmental allergen exposure for everyone in your home.

Air Filters

Adding air filters to your home is an excellent way to improve your home’s air quality, and reduce environmental allergens. When choosing which type of air filter to buy, look for eco-friendly options. They may be more effective than traditional air filters at filtering out allergens from your home’s air and are easier to clean and maintain. They are also more cost-effective in the long run.

Regularly cleaning your air filter is important. If you don’t, the air filter can become clogged and will stop working correctly. Consider choosing an air filter that is eco-friendly, washable and reusable. These type of air filters do not negatively impact the environment, are easier to clean and maintain than traditional ones and will end up saving you time and money in the long run.

Add Indoor Plants to Your Home

Plants act as natures natural air purifier due to their unique ability to filter out harmful toxins and produce oxygen. There are many different types of plants to choose from, and all do a great job of keeping your homes air clean, but I like best is the peace lily.

These type of plants are known to filter out benzene, formaldehyde, and other harmful contaminants that may be present in your home’s air. Not only can plants help reduce the amount of environmental allergens in your home, but they add some quality decor to your home as well. 

Limit Carpet in Your Home

Believe it or not, many environmental allergens can be found deep inside your carpets. Carpets collect dust, dirt and a wide variety of other particles that can trigger allergic reactions. This is why it is better to have wood floors if possible. However, if having wood floors is not a realistic option for you, try your best to wash your carpets using eco-friendly products as often as possible in order to keep allergens from building up deep in your carpet where they are difficult to remove.

Even if you personally don’t have allergies, the odds are someone you know does, and you don’t want your guests to be uncomfortable when they are in your home. By following these three eco-friendly tips you will find environmental allergies in your home decreasing in no time!

 

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Naomi Shaw

Naomi Shaw lives in Southern California with her husband and three kids. She is a free-lance journalist and stay at home mom that enjoys writing on fashion, beauty, and health. You can connect with her via twitter @naomijshaw or look at some of her writings in her personal blog naomijshaw.weebly.com.

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