Keep fall allergens out of your home
Your garden may have lost the full bloom of summer, but don’t think you’re safe from common allergy triggers (like these). According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, some allergy sufferers find fall the hardest season due to two major sources: ragweed pollen and mold. Ragweed can continue into September and October and can be carried hundreds of miles by the wind. A single ragweed plant can produce up to one billion grains of pollen per season! You may think of mold growing in the dampest areas of your house (your basement and bathroom), but mold spores also thrive in wet spots outdoors, like piles of damp fall leaves. To keep your allergy and asthma flare ups to a minimum this fall, make sure you allergy-proof every room in your house before you say goodbye to summer.
Your hall may be one of the smallest spaces in your home, but it’s where pollen finds its way indoors. Get into the habit of taking off your shoes and outerwear before entering the house, and have both indoor and outdoor mats to wipe your feet. The type of floor in your hallway is also key: As a rule, carpeting is the worst choice for seasonal allergies because the deep pile will trap allergens from dust mites, mold, pollen, pet dander, grass, dirt—and pretty much anything else you have on the soles of your shoes. According to The Allergy Store, laminate and vinyl flooring offer more allergy control than carpeting, and low-VOC options will reduce exposure to chemicals. The best choices are cork or bamboo flooring, as these are resistant to mold and mildew, provide no place for dust mites and other allergens to hide, and are also eco-friendly.