Keep Indoor Allergens At Bay

While many people suffer from allergies during certain seasons, there are some people who have to deal with allergies year round. One of the leading causes of allergies continues to be indoor allergens. While you may come home hoping you're safe, the problem could actually be inside your house. Indoor allergens exist in every home, no matter how clean it may be. There are some ways to help control the allergens and keep them at bay if you find yourself dealing with constant nasal and eye allergies.

Dust Mites

When it comes to keeping your indoor air quality good, you have some work to do. About 80% of households contain indoor dust mites. Dust mites can get into even the tiniest spaces in your home. It is important to keep your home clean and free of any clutter where the dust mites can set up home. Dust mites love getting into your box springs and mattresses so you must make sure you clean these often to avoid allergies. You can also install an air filter if you have central air conditioning. This will help catch many of the dust mites that circulate through the air.

Pet Dander

Your pet is part of your family and you wouldn't get rid of them just because you had a few allergies from their dander. If your pets are making you sick, you can help control the dander from them. About 6 out of 10 households have pet dander in the home. Carpet is notorious for trapping the pet dander in its fibers. Either make sure you install wood flooring or keep your pets contained to only areas with wood flooring. This will help keep the dander out of the carpet. You also want to keep your pets off the furniture. Your couches and chairs are another area where the pet dander can infiltrate and cause allergies among your family members. 


Mold is another common source of household allergies. Mold can be present in your home without you ever knowing it. If you have a cool, damp place in your home, there is likely some trace of mold. Basements are notorious for being breeding grounds for mold. Make sure you have plenty of air circulating to avoid moisture build-up. You also want to eliminate any leaks where water could be getting it. This will help eliminate the breeding ground where mold could start growing.