Observing Allergy Awareness Month and Asthma Concerns
In 1984 the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declared May Allergy Awareness Month as it is the peak season for individuals who have asthma and allergies. Asthma is a long-term disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the airways. Roughly 25 million people in the United States alone, struggle with asthma. That means one in thirteen people you know has asthma. Asthma can be deadly as there is no cure for it, making it one of the most common and costly diseases in the US.
Asthma is a serious disease that is not to be taken lightly. While there are multiple asthma triggers the number one cause of asthma would be due to airborne allergens. Some examples of airborne allergens would be pollen, dust, and mold. At Specialty Insulation/Environmental, your health and safety is our number one priority. As a result, we thought it would be helpful to create a guide discussing seven tips for making an asthma friendly home.
Tip #1: Keep your home dry
Moisture can lead to mold which is a major trigger for Asthma so you will need to be aware of the various ways water can seep into your home. Pay special attention to any leaks, crawlspaces, bathrooms and kitchens, and vents. Also, if you use humidifiers you want to clean those often.
Tip #2 Keep the air moving
It is imperative that you ensure your home has even temperatures throughout as dust mites love humid conditions. A properly vented and well insulated home can make all the difference.
Tip #3: Keep it safe
If anyone in your home has asthma, make an Asthma Action Plan with their doctor. Keep note of their triggers and be mindful of the weather.
Tip #4: Keep it pest free
Cockroaches can cause someone’s asthma to worsen. You will often find these pests in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements as that is where they are most likely to find food and water. Consider finding a local pest company that will offer routine inspections.
Tip #5: Keep it poison free
If someone in your household has asthma, is it best that you do not allow smoking in your home or car. You will also want to avoid any toxic cleaners/household products.
Tip #6: Keep it maintained
Frequently empty your trash cans and be sure to put them outside of garbage day. Often look for pests and do your best to rake leaves, dirt and dust away from your home.
Tip #7: Keep it clean
Maintaining an overall clean home is necessary when you live with someone who struggles with asthma. Something else to consider is investing in dust proof zipped mattress and pillow covers and finding a vacuum that says “HEPA filter,” “Allergen Control,” or “low emission.”
We hope this information was helpful to you! Feel free to reach out to us at 1-509-535-1515 or contact us if you have any questions!