Let’s talk about why and how you should allergy-proof your home before winter. Have you ever noticed that you tend to sneeze or cough more during the wintertime? Some like myself may even see an increase in asthma in the winter months, or in the case of my daughter, allergies that trigger her eczema. If this is the case, there’s a chance you may be suffering from common wintertime allergies. It’s essential that you attempt to allergy-proof your home before winter hits! In this collaborative post, we share tips on how to do just that.
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post
Seasonal Allergy Problems
Although you may typically associate heightened allergies with the spring season, the winter can also bring with it a wide range of allergens that may be lurking in your own home. Fortunately, it’s possible to do a deep clean and try to allergy-proof your home before the winter months hit. Winter is often associated with dry skin, chapped lips, and coughs. But it can also be the time of year when people are more prone to developing allergies because of changes in temperature, humidity, and pollen levels.
Just as you might learn about vitamin types and functions to achieve a more wholesome diet, so too can you learn about common winter allergens and clean them out. If you’re tired of suffering from seasonal allergies and want to reduce the odds of suffering an allergy attack at home this winter, here’s how you can start prepping your house for the colder months.
Common Winter Allergies
Before you begin to stock up on allergy medication and introduce stress-relieving methods to your family such as meditation for children or yoga, you may want to take a moment to investigate whether your home has the most common winter allergens in the first place. Unfortunately, many of the allergens that can trigger bad reactions during the winter are fairly widespread, so you’ll want to check your house thoroughly. For starters, some of the most frequently found winter allergens include:
- Dust mites
- Insect droppings
- Pet dander
Additionally, even if you don’t see any of the above allergens in your home, you can still pinpoint their presence by your and your family members’ physical reactions. For example, if there are common allergens in your home this winter, you or your loved ones may experience such symptoms as:
- Itchy throat
- Coughing and sneezing
- A runny nose or watery eyes
Preparing Your Home for Allergy Season
Just as you take supplements such as Wellements probiotics to prepare your body for the winter, so too is it crucial to take steps to prepare your home for the winter allergy season. Fortunately, this cleanup process doesn’t need to be overly complex and can in fact be streamlined. For an essential to-do list, make sure you:
- Clean or replace your air filters
- Install a humidifier and an air purifier in different rooms in your home
- Clean your home often and dust all surfaces well
- Swap out your bedding and do the laundry more often
- Give your pets a bath on a regular basis
- Check your home carefully for potential signs of mould or bug infestations
Getting your house ready for the winter can involve a lot of cleaning and organizing, and if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you may want to incorporate allergy-specific cleaning into your regimen. From pollen to mould to pet dander and more, wintertime allergens can cause serious flare-ups if left unaddressed and may put a damper on your holiday celebrations.
By cleaning and dusting your home, bathing your pets more often, replacing your air filters and taking the other steps listed above, you can help allergy-proof your home just in time for the cool winter months. If you have one tip to share, not already covered, please share in the comments below.