5 Tips For an Asthma-friendly Home
Create a safe and secure space with these handy hints
Asthma attacks can be triggered by certain things at home such as dust mites, mold, and pet hair. Think safety first and transform your space into an asthma-friendly home with these tips.
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Identify the allergens.
The first step is to identify what triggers the asthma. Do you keep a dusty storage room near your child’s room? Do you have a pet that stays inside your bedroom? Once you’ve identified what causes the attacks, it would be easier to come up with a solution.
Use wood or ceramic tiles.
Wood or ceramic tiles are easier to clean and do not collect dust and pet hair. Go for natural materials like leather and cotton for your furnishings, as heavy fabrics harbor dust mites.
Utilize water-based paints.
If you're planning to repaint your room, choose water-based products or those with low VOC (volatile organic compounds). Water-based paint is odorless and it dries quickly.
Purchase anti-microbial bedding.
Most allergens come from your bed’s dust. Purchase anti-microbial beddings and make sure that you wash them weekly. It is also important to air out your mattress once a month.
Don’t let clutter build up.
Your unused items are the primary causes of dust in your home. Try cleaning your space every two weeks to avoid dust and clutter.
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