James L. Sublett MD, FACAAI
- No smoking inside the home at any time.
- Measure the indoor humidity and keep it below 50%. Do not use vaporizers or humidifiers. You may need a dehumidifier. Use vent fans in bathrooms and when cooking to remove moisture. Repair all water leaks.
- Remove wall-to-wall carpets from the bedroom if possible. Use a central vacuum or a vacuum with a HEPA filter regularly. Remember it takes over 2 hours for the dust to settle back down.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom at ALL times. Use a HEPA Air Cleaner in the bedroom with an adequate CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) for the size of the room.
- Encase mattresses and pillows with “mite-proof” covers; Wash all bed linens regularly using hot water.
- Install a high efficiency media filter with a MERV rating of 12 in the furnace and air-conditioning unit.
- Leave the fan on to create a “whole house” air filter that removes particles that may cause allergies.
- Change the filter every three months (with the change of the seasons) to keep the air cleaner year round.
- Have your heating and air-conditioning units inspected and serviced every six months.
- Gas appliances and fireplaces should be vented to the outside and maintained regularly.
James L. Sublett, M.D., is a clinical professor and section chief of pediatric allergy at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Family Allergy & Asthma (www.familyallergy.com), a multi-site allergy practice with offices throughout KY and southern Indiana.