Asthma and allergies are a big issue for many households in America and around the world. According to the CDC, in 2011, one in 12 individuals has asthma.
And according to the American Lung Association, that number has risen to 6.2 million children in 2015. If you or anyone you know is affected by asthma, here are several great ways to help prevent asthma symptoms as well as allergies. Check out these five effective ways for a happy and healthier home! You might be surprised by number five.
1. Investing In An Air Purifier
The room you spend the most time in is where you should position your air purifier. Ideally, your bedroom is the best place for an air purifier because you spend at least 8 hours in it each night.
If you happen to spend more time in another room of your household, consider placing an air purifier in each room. Be sure to thoroughly research before you make your purchase as some are not very effective. When you find the right one, you’ll be surprised by the reduction in dust, allergens, and odors.
2. Remove Your Nasty Old Carpet
An air purifier can only help so much. If the source of the allergen is not removed (i.e. carpets and pets), then you will continue to suffer from your symptoms.
If this thought hasn’t crossed your mind, then chances are your air vents haven’t been changed in a while. You’d be surprised by how this simple routine checkup on your vents can make all the difference in your home. By doing this you’ll avoid sinus problems, allergies, asthmas, and respiratory problems.
4. Hypoallergenic Casings
Hypoallergenic casings can be placed on your beds, mattresses, box springs and pillows. This will help combat dust mites. Also, make sure you’re washing your blankets, pillows, and comforters regularly. If your allergies and asthma continue to be severe, consider keeping your pets out of your bedroom.
5. Consider An Air Cleaning Plant
Yes, really. NASA recently revealed the best air cleaning plants for your home. Not only do they add a little scenery to your place, but they also offer tangible health benefits.
The Clean Air Study provided strong evidence for the type of plants (along with an activated carbon plant filter) remove harmful chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and ammonia from your household.
According to the 27-year-old study, the Florist’s Mum and the Peace Lily are the best air purifying plants you can have in your household.
6. Use Green Cleaning Products
Although regular cleaning helps reduce allergies and asthma, the type of cleaning product you’re using can have an effect on your respiratory health as well. Focus on products that have earned that “green” seal of approval. They earn this when their product is derived from natural resources like plants.
7. Consider a Healthy Vacuum Cleaner
A bad vacuum cleaner can really kick up nasty junk. If you don’t invest in a good one, chances are you’re inhaling all of that dust and making your allergies and asthma worse. Aim for a vacuum that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. These filter out almost 100 percent of the junk found in carpets. There are several you can choose from that fit your health needs and budget.
Hopefully, these tips give you a greater peace of mind when it comes to creating a healthy home. What products or information have you been using to keep your home healthier and happier? Be sure to let us know.
Originally published at www.lifehack.org