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Allergies Keep Dragging You Down?

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Lowe's Offers Simple Tips for Reducing Common Allergy Symptoms


For those who suffer from spring and fall pollen allergies, the summer and winter months signal a time of relief.  But for the millions of Americans who suffer from mold, bacteria, and dust allergies, each season is just a continuation of allergy symptoms that last all year long. However, there are steps you can take to help reduce the sneezing, aching, heavy head and watery eyes associated with common allergies. To help reduce your allergy symptoms, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse provides 10 simple suggestions to keep your home allergy-proof.

1. Vacuuming & Dusting - Vacuum at least twice a week, and invest in a vacuum with a HEPA air purifying filter and allergen filtration system.  These accessories effectively remove 99.97 percent of all pollen, mold spores, animal hair and dander, bacteria, smoke particles, and dust. Use a damp cloth or magnetically charged dust cloth in order to prevent dust from flying up and resettling on the surface of your furniture.  Feather dusters are ineffective because
they move dust around instead of removing it from the home.

2. Storage - Dust tends to gather on books and collectables, so avoid storing them in bedrooms.  If you must have them in your bedroom, store them in drawers or closed cabinets to reduce dust.  Don't store anything under the bed where dust, animal hair and bacterial particles gather.

3. Humidity in the Home - Install a humidity gauge or hygrometer, if it isn't already built into your home's heating and cooling system. Use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels below 50 percent, especially in the basement where mold spores and bacteria tend to thrive.

4. Cooling and Heating Systems - Central air conditioning is the cleanest way to cool your home, and radiant heat is better than forced heat.  Central air and radiant heat both work without blowing dust and particles throughout the home.  In homes with forced air conditioning or heat, use a filter over air vents to reduce dust circulation and have all ducts in your home professionally cleaned.

5. Flooring Options - Use hardwood, laminate or vinyl flooring in your home.  Dust mites love carpet and are difficult to remove without an air purifier and vacuum with a HEPA filter.  Washable throw rugs are not only healthier and easier to wash, but are also great accents for decorating your home.  If you want carpeting in your home, choose a low-pile instead of a higher-pile carpet because they are easier to clean.

6. Window Treatments - Choose window treatments that are easy to clean and collect as little dust as possible.  Roll-up blinds, shades and short, lightweight, washable curtains are better choices than heavy drapes.  Be sure to wash your curtains and blinds every month or two.

7. Laundry Tips - Dry clothes in a dryer instead of hanging them outside where they can collect pollen.  Be sure to vent your dryer to the outside, and keep both the washer and dryer in an enclosed room away from the kitchen or eating area.

8. Kitchen Tips - Mold grows quickly in the refrigerator, so be sure to clean it frequently with bleach, and throw away old food.  Be certain to clean around the refrigerator base where large amounts of dust tend to gather. Clean kitchen countertops with bleach or another household disinfectant, and don't forget to wipe down garbage cans and other humid areas with bleach so bacteria and mold don't linger.

9. Bedroom Tips - Dust mites thrive in warm places, such as mattresses and pillows, so invest in allergen-proof, washable covers to prevent dust mites and mold from entering your bedding materials.  Avoid kapok, feather and foam rubber materials because they can grow mold, especially in damp climates.

10. Bathroom Tips - Bathrooms are popular havens for mold, so wash tiles and grout frequently, mop or wipe floors with mold preventing solutions, and make sure there is adequate ventilation.  For bathrooms with poor ventilation, use a mold-inhibiting paint and use a squeegee to remove excess water from the tub, shower and sink.

Lowe's Companies, Inc. is the world's second largest home
improvement retailer. Lowe's and its 100,000 employees are
Improving Home Improvement for nearly five million do-it-
yourself retail and commercial business customers each week
at 596 stores in 39 states.  Visit http://www.lowes.com .

 




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