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Allergies and Interior Design: How To Reduce Allergens Inside Your Home

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

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Allergens can be a frustrating but nonetheless ever-present element in many homes. Verywell Health states that people commonly encounter indoor allergies from mold, dust mites, pet dander, or even cockroaches. Unfortunately, these indoor allergies may persist longer because indoor allergens are less seasonal and more difficult to avoid than outdoor substances. If indoor allergens are a concern for you and your family, you’ll need to change the interiors of your home and follow proper maintenance practices. Here are some of the strategies that can help you reduce these allergens and enjoy a clean, healthy home:

Avoid furniture pieces that can trap allergens

Our article entitled ‘5 Tips on How to Finish Your Living Room With Style’ emphasizes that you should carefully choose the furniture in your home. Though style and comfort are essential considerations, you should also pick furniture based on your lifestyle and personal needs. Thus, you’ll need to select furniture with the right materials and avoid ones made from fabric or fiber as these are more likely to trap dust. You’ll benefit more from a couch with leather or vinyl upholstery because these materials are easier to clean and less likely to gather dust or other allergens. Another design choice that you may have to avoid is curtains because they can easily trap pollen and dust particles. If you’re prone to allergies, it’s better to use blinds for your windows instead.Plus, take a look at these wood planks for your walls: They’re easy-clean, so they’re perfect for reducing allergens in your home.

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Be mindful of biological sources of allergies

Plants and pets can add more fun and warmth to your home. However, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services warns that they are two of the biological sources of allergens. Your plants can release pollen and trigger hay fever as an allergic response. If this is the case, you may need to switch them out for non-flowering and low-pollen plants like an areca palm, snake plant, or golden pothos. Meanwhile, your pets’ fur, dead skin, or saliva can also trigger allergies. You can reduce these by keeping them out of the bedroom area and off your furniture.

Vacuum your home on a regular basis

You can eliminate allergens like dust mites and animal dander by vacuuming regularly. Try using the Dyson Ball Animal 3 Extra, which effectively suctions animal dander and tiny particles through its whole-machine filtration system. If you don’t have the time or energy to vacuum regularly, opt for a robot vacuum instead. The ILIFE V8s robot vacuum cleaner can clean fur, dirt, and dust once you set it on max mode, and deep clean areas in a spiral pattern when it’s on spot mode. You can also put it on path mode to ensure that it won’t miss a single inch of your home while you focus on your work or hobbies.

Use air purification systems

Using air purification systems in your home can prevent common indoor allergens, like dust mites and mold. Some air purification systems can even be configured through your phone, allowing you to switch it on and control the system’s settings even when you’re not at home. The Samsung AX46 air purifier, for example, can be controlled through your smartphone thanks to its IoT connectivity. This air purification system also has a multi-layered HEPA level filtration system, which makes it effective in removing nanoparticles, dust, bacteria, and allergens from your home. It also has an innovative air intake and airflow system that can speed up the purification process, leaving the air in your home clear and clean. Allergies can make it challenging for you to rest and unwind in your home. Fortunately, you can keep these allergens under control by making the right changes to your space and lifestyle.

Article written by Rosie Jeffers for Lauren Ashley Design 

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