Clean indoor air is vital to managing symptoms among people with allergies and asthma, health experts have stressed.
The suggestion comes from Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA), the sole organization whose mission is to eliminate suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions.
The non-profit organization has even come up with five tips for spring-cleaning the air inside houses, which will make it lung friendly by reducing allergens and irritants.
These tips are:
1. Smoking: Ask family members or visitors not to smoke in your home.
2. Mold: Search under sinks, around tubs and showers, on windowsills and in laundry areas for any signs of dampness and mold. Track the source of water, plug it up and clean up visible mold. Purchase and use a dehumidifier in basement areas.
3. Air it out: Give your bedroom a thorough airing out-wash curtains, linens and bedspreads, and make sure to clean anywhere dust and allergens collect.
4. Use a HEPA vacuum: If you don't have one already, consider getting a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) vacuum. These vacuums have special filters that keep dust and allergens from blowing back into the air in your home.
5. Replace HVAC filters: Replace your furnace filters before air-conditioning season. And since the filter that comes with your HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system isn't designed to help you breathe better (it simply keeps dust and debris from clogging parts of the system) look into a high-efficiency filter or an air-cleaning unit.