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Simple Solutions To Seasonal Allergies

Originally Posted: September 29, 2011

Southampton - Fall is finally upon us and seasonal allergies are a hot topic of discussion. While many Americans head indoors to avoid violent sneezing and itchy, watery eyes, most do not realize that their home is often the source of common allergens.

Following last week's release of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) 2011 Fall Allergy Capitals rankings report identifying the 100 most challenging U.S. cities to live in with allergies this Fall, below are a few smart and simple solutions to counteract season allergies and improve indoor air quality at home to improve indoor air quality:

Tips From AAFA

 • Reduce Indoor Air Irritants: Cut back on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), harsh odors and surfaces that attract mold by choosing the right type of interior paint. Valspar Plus is the first paint certified asthma and allergy friendly by AAFA because it is a zero-VOC solution with no lingering odor and the ability to resist mold.

 • Control Dust Mites: Wash bed linens at least once a week in hot water exceeding 130 degrees to kill dust mites and their eggs.

 • Maintain Housekeeping: Vacuum at least once a week with a quality vacuum using good constant suction, tight seams and a HEPA filter. To reduce your exposure to airborne particles, choose scent-free cleaning products and wear a face mask when dusting.

 • Filter It Out: Look for portable room air filters for bedrooms and common areas, and replace your HVAC filter at least four times per year.

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