Consider Your Carpets
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, seasonal allergies impact the lives of more than 35 million people in the U.S., and many also suffer from perennial allergies (allergy symptoms all year round). During cold months we spend about an average of 90 percent of our time inside, where the EPA reports the air is quality worse than outdoors, about two to five times more polluted in fact.
So how do we help reduce our exposure to allergens during the cold season? Well, we recommend going a step beyond vacuuming and having your carpets deep cleaned to remove soil, mold, dust mites and any other particles hidden deep in the pile. You can rent your own steam cleaning machine or hire a professional service.
An added perk to doing this: Regular deep cleaning helps extend a carpet's life.