Allergens like dust mites, pet dander, and mould don’t disappear in the winter, so here’s how to keep allergies under control when the weather turns cold.
GET TO KNOW YOUR VACUUM BETTER
Vacuum often to reduce dust mites and pet dander (dead skin cells) during the winter when everyone, including your pets spend more time indoors.
CHECK OUT WHAT YOU BRING IN
Wet leaves develop mould and mildew, so stick to shoes and coats easily. Tip: remove both as soon as you get inside to help stop spreading allergy causing substances throughout the house.
WHEN THE HEAT IS ON
To reduce dust from your heating vents, clean or if possible replace the filters in your furnace. Consider installing humidifiers to improved air quality.
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE, THERES’S ALLERGIES
Whether you’re out of town for the weekend or snuggling up at home, everyone loves a warm fire, but smoke can be tough on allergies. Have the chimney cleaned, and consider the option to replace your fireplace screen with a fireplace door.
FIREWOOD SPOT CHECK
If you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace to keep you warm through the winter, you may be letting allergens in with your firewood. Firewood is a great hiding place for mould spores, so check it carefully before bringing it inside. Tip: only bring in what you plan to use that night, and store the rest of it outside in a dry place.
Dust and mould gathers easily in storage spaces. Clean off blankets and warmer clothes before storing them away. Store items in airtight containers such as a vacuum seal bag when it’s time to put them away to help protect them and keep them clean.