Sneeze Alert: How to Control Allergens In Your Attic
Your attic can take on different roles: It may be a storage space, stuffed with dusty boxes of memorabilia and old toys. Or it could serve as an extra living space in the house, like an office or play room. No matter how you use your attic, make sure to give it adequate attention when it comes to controlling allergens. Here’s how to help keep it from becoming a hiding place for indoor allergens like dust mites and mold:
Camp out elsewhere
Because it’s more vulnerable to indoor allergens, try to avoid converting your attic into a bedroom, even if it’s a finished space. You and your children are probably better off sleeping in a room on a lower level.
Keep it clean
Try not to fall into “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” thinking. Attics are particularly prone to dust collection on stored items and mold growth from leaks in the roof. Wipe down surfaces frequently, dust, and inspect the space often.
Address leaks quickly
In the event that you notice an extensive roof leak, water damage problem, or mold growth in your attic (or anywhere in your home), call a professional to safely deal with the situation. Neglected moisture problems could harm your health.
Forego the fan
To help control seasonal allergies, avoid using an attic fan. Doing so will pull outside air into your home, which can contain unwanted pollen, mold spores, and other outdoor allergens.
Contact your health care professional, if you suspect you or a family member may have allergies. You can find products at Bed Bath & Beyond to help control allergens in your home.
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