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Check the Windows
Mold and indoor allergens can form on windows and window sills when condensation forms. Wipe down window areas regularly and consider using double-paned windows if you live in a cold climate. Use washable curtains made from cotton or a synthetic fabric. And use washable roller-style shades instead of horizontal blinds which are known to trap dust.
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Fight Dry Air and Indoor Allergens
While some may benefit from a dehumidifier to dry out their home, some may find relief in humidifiers, especially during the winter months. Your home’s heating system can dry out your indoor air and lead to dry and irritated sinus passages, itchy skin, scratchy throats and aggravated respiratory problems. The Environmental Protection Agency says a comfortable humidity level of 45-50 percent is ideal. And there are a variety of humidifiers available depending on moisture output and room size.
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Keep Floors Clean
While removing carpeting and replacing it with hardwood, tile or linoleum is ideal, this isn’t always possible. And when it comes to carpeting, low-pile is the best option. Be sure to vacuum at least once a week with a vacuum that has a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Shampoo the carpet frequently and wash area rugs and floor mats weekly to get rid of those indoor allergens.
Using a HEPA filter is one of 39 Cleaning Tips and Tricks to Make Your Home Shine.