Control the source of allergens.
Don’t let dust accumulate. Keep windows and doors shut when outdoor allergens such as pollen are high.
Use an air purifier to reduce allergens in your home environment.
True HEPA allergen remover air purifiers capture up to 99.97% of microscopic particles (0.3 microns) that pass through the filters.
Educate yourself about allergens and their sources.
Most people know about the seriousness of springtime pollen, however each season brings its own unique set of airborne allergens which can make their way into your home. Don’t forget about these allergens in the fall and winter. Remove fallen leaves before they get wet, and keep gutters and drain pipes clear of leaves that can become moldy.
Pet dander is a serious allergen for many people
Keep your pets out of your sleeping and sitting areas (off of the bed and sofas). Bathe them regularly. Vacuum area rugs and carpeting regularly. During high pollen season, wipe down your pet (paws too) when they come inside to keep the outdoor allergens outside.
Check and change the filter of your air purifier according to the manufacturer’s recommended schedule.
Air purifiers should be checked every three months to change or clean the pre-filter and check the primary filter. The primary filter should be changed based on the individual unit's recommended maintenance schedule.
Mold and dirt can accumulate in your duct work. Consider hiring a reputable duct-cleaning service that does not clean with chemicals in order to keep your duct work clean.
Strip the walls
Eliminate wallpaper in your home. Use low allergen, low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint on the walls.
Hard surface flooring is optimal
Carpeting and area rugs can hold and store allergens such as dust, pet dander, pollen, and mold which can become airborne when you or your pets walk on them. Vacuum with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter and a canister that can be emptied after each use. Keep carpeting and heavy drapery out of the bedroom.
Control excess moisture in your home
Maintain a consistent humidity level between 40-60 percent. Use a dehumidifier if necessary to help reduce excess moisture in the home and use a portable air purifier to help reduce mold spores that may already be present.
1 Based on Nov 2014 Cascade Survey Research results reporting 80 out of 84 (95%) surveyed Allergists that recommend a brand of portable air purifiers to their patients, recommend "Honeywell" air purifiers
2 From the air that passes through the filters, 0.3 microns and larger