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How to Reduce Winter Allergens in Your Hagerstown Home

While we normally associate allergy season in Hagerstown with spring when the flowers bloom, the dry air in the winter can also cause different kinds of irritations. But there are a few things that you can do in your home in Hagerstown to reduce the impact that winter allergies have on your household. Here are a few ideas we put together.

What Are Winter Allergens

Winter is often a break from seasonal allergies. But the winter offers different kinds of allergens which are normally attributed to the dry air.

Dust – Dust is the breeding ground for dust mites. When the air dries out, the droppings from these tiny creatures can become air born and cause allergies to flare up.

Pet Dander – The dried skin flakes from indoor pets can also dry out and start to float through the air.

How to Reduce the Presence of Winter Allergens

There are a few things that you can do to lower the amount of allergens that are in your Hagerstown home during the winter.

Wash your bedding in hot water and dry on a cycle every two weeks. This will help kill dust mites that are living in your bedding.

Have your winter apparel—like jackets, scarves and sweaters—dry cleaned before you take them out of storage.

Get rid of indoor plants. Not only can they breed mold, but they can also breed other kinds of indoor insects. If you get plastic plants for your home, be sure to dust them regularly.

Instead of sweeping, vacuum regularly. Make sure you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to help trap as much dust, pollen, dander and contaminants as possible.

Ongoing Solutions

In addition to the easy solutions that I just mentioned, there are a number of more long-term solutions if your allergies persist.

Replace your carpet with wood flooring. The fibers of your rugs or carpet can trap allergens and release them when you walk over them.

Humidity, ventilation and air quality control systems. These types of systems work with your central heating and air conditioning system to make sure that your home has the cleanest air possible.

If you have any questions about the air quality in your home in Hagerstown, call Larry & Sons today. We are passionate about making sure that our customers are comfortable in their homes.