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Oman Health: Keep yourself healthy in autumn

Autumn beckons a change in climate. This can bring a whole host of health problems. Here Y offers some handy tips to help you breathe more easily and adapt your home to an allergy-free zone.

Stuffy and runny nose? Sneezing? Itchy nose and eyes?  Having allergies in the autumn can make the season a bit miserable. 

While you can’t control Mother Nature, you can monitor the conditions of your indoor environment. We all know that Omanis spend a lot of time indoors, even as the weather cools. Indoors, the concentration of some pollutants are two to five times higher than they are outdoors.

Your home should be a haven for you and your family; not a trigger for allergies and asthma. To help everyone breathe more easily and increase indoor air quality, consider these smart and simple ideas:

Be smart with bedding

To ensure you sleep well and can breathe easily all night long, invest in allergen-barrier bedding and pillow covers. Wash all sheets, blankets, pillowcases and bedcovers in hot water that is at least 55C. This will kill dust mites and remove allergens. For items that can’t be washed (eg children’s stuffed toys), place in the dryer for at least 15 minutes at a temperature above 55C.

Install a whole-home air cleaner

Home air cleaners work with your existing duct work to filter out nearly all allergens. For example, CleanEffects(TM) whole home air cleaner from Trane (R) removes up to 99.98 percent of allergens like household dust, mould spores and certain bacteria and viruses so you don’t have to worry about breathing in harmful bacteria or allergy triggers. What’s more, it’s the first whole home air cleaner to receive the asthma and allergy (R) Certification.

Use a HEPA-filtered vacuum often

No matter the type of flooring in your home, vacuum regularly with a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner to remove as many allergens as you can. The Carpet and Rug Institute in the USA recommends vacuuming daily in high-traffic or pet areas, vacuuming twice weekly in medium-traffic areas and vacuuming weekly in light-traffic areas, using attachments at the carpet’s edges.

Hire professional carpet cleaners

Many people with allergies choose to remove carpets and replace them with hardwood or tile flooring that doesn’t collect allergens as quickly. However, this is not always possible, so if you have carpet in your home, regularly hire professional carpet cleaners to deeply clean carpet to remove embedded particles and other allergy triggers lurking within.

Choose VOC-free paints

Craving a new wall colour? When buying paint, look for VOC-free options. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, and these can trigger allergies. To ensure nobody in your family gets itchy eyes or a runny nose when they spend time in your remodelled space, shop diligently and always choose VOC-free paints.

These simple tips should dramatically improve your indoor air quality. That means every time your family is at home, everyone can breathe more easily, in every sense.

Source: BPT