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5 ways to improve indoor air quality at home

Minimize allergy symptoms at home, improve indoor air quality, AND enter to win an Oreck® ProShield® Air Purifier!

The weather is warming up and the flowers are beginning to bloom. So, of course you know what that means –allergy season! Pollen and dust particles seem to be everywhere you look (and breathe), including your home. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to allergy-proof your home.

Here are 5 effective measures that you can take to create healthier, more breathable indoor air.

  1. Keep Windows Closed

After months of frigid temperatures, the ideas of letting some fresh air in might sound inviting. However, if you’re an allergy sufferer, this is one of the last thing you should do. There are several ways that pollen can make its way into your home; but as you can image, your windows and doors are the biggest entry point.

Instead of letting pollen in with the cooler air, rely on your air conditioning to maintain a comfortable temperature.

  1. Choose houseplants carefully

In addition to adding beauty and a pleasing fragrance to the home, many houseplants can also play a role in removing airborne toxins from the air in your home. Unfortunately, they can also be a major source of discomfort for individuals who suffer from seasonal and environmental allergies. African Violets are big dust carriers, thanks to their fuzzy leaves, and Ficus (the seemingly ubiquitous home and office plant) can be a big bother, due to its allergy-causing sap, which attaches itself to dust particles. In fact, even Chamomile, that delicious darling of the tea-drinking world, should be avoided by those with allergies, since it’s actually related to ragweed!

  1. Ask household smokers to butt out

Everyone knows that first and secondhand smoke are bad for those who suffer from allergies, as well as those who do not. However, individuals with respiratory troubles, such as allergy sufferers and those with asthma may find their symptoms exasperated by thirdhand smoke as well. That means that even if a smoker you cohabitate with never smokes in the house, as an allergy sufferer, the thirdhand smoke particles, which lingers on hair, clothes, skin, furniture, and other areas will continue to take their toll on your respiratory health.

The best way to get rid of thirdhand smoke in the house is to support your cohabitating smoker’s effort to quit.

  1. Maintain a moderate temperature

If mold and dust mites are at the source of our household allergies, keeping your home at a moderate temperature may help to reduce symptoms. According to the Mayo Clinic, dust mites and mold thrive in hot humid environments. So, to keep them at bay, it’s best to maintain a household temperature of 20C – 22C and relative humidity no higher than 50%.

  1. Use an air cleaner

Running an air cleaner is an effective way to reduce allergens and improve indoor air. Highly advanced models, such as the Oreck® ProShield® Air Purifier and filters fight allergens, dust, pet dander, and odour in the home.

Oreck’s air purifier has an oxygenator, which converts the air in your home into pure oxygen. This can make taking a deep breath a lot easier for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. The Oreck® ProShield® Air Purifier is able to reduce allergens and purify the air in up to a 600-square foot room. This means that you can place it in your living room, bedroom, or any other space where your indoor air quality is most in need of improvement.

This air cleaner also reduces the amount of dust in a room, which is definitely a good thing for people who have to deal with both seasonal and environmental allergies.

Enter to Win your own Oreck® ProShield® Air Purifier!

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Oreck and want to help you enjoy cleaner, fresher indoor air. Click here to enter now! One lucky winner will be randomly drawn on Friday, April 21st, 2017. Good luck!

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