Asthma Proof Your Home: Identify the Hot Spots

Jan 24, 2023 | Action Plan, Asthma Care Standards, Control Your Asthma!, PEF, symptoms

If you have asthma, it’s important to asthma-proof your home. This means identifying and removing asthma triggers from your environment. Many people don’t know how to asthma-proof their homes, but it’s not difficult.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to identify asthma hotspots and create an asthma action plan for your home. We will also provide tips for asthma-proofing your home so you can live a healthier life!

How to Asthma Proof Your Home

Every home is different and therefore requires its own approach to asthma-proofing. However, there are some basic steps you can follow to get started.

1. Identify Asthma Hot Spots

The first step is to identify the hot spots in your home that need attention. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has a Healthier Home Checklist that can help you figure out where to start.

This checklist provides tips for each area of the home, such as the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom. By going through each room and identifying any possible asthma triggers—such as dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, or pollen—you will be able to pinpoint the areas that need attention.

2. Clear Home of Dust and Dirt

Once you have identified the hot spots, the next step is to reduce the levels of dust and dirt in your home. This can be done by vacuuming carpets and upholstered furniture frequently (at least twice a week) with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.  You should also regularly mop floors, dust surfaces, and take rugs outside to be beaten.

3. Cover Mattresses and Pillows

Dust mites love mattresses and pillows, so it’s important to cover them with special covers that encase the mattress in an airtight layer of fabric. This will prevent dust mites from getting into the material, making your bed a much less hospitable environment for them.

4. Consider Air Purifiers

Air purifiers can help to reduce the levels of pollutants and dust in your home, helping to make it easier to breathe. Look for one with a HEPA filter that is designed specifically for asthma sufferers.

5. Keep Humidity Low

A humid home is a perfect breeding ground for mold and dust mites, so it’s important to keep the humidity levels in your home at a minimum. Invest in a dehumidifier if necessary and keep windows closed during humid weather.

You can also reduce the amount of humidity in your home by taking shorter showers and using exhaust fans when cooking.

6. Wash Bedding Weekly

Regularly washing bedding, such as sheets, pillowcases, and duvets can help to reduce dust mites from settling into your bedding. Opt for washable covers for mattresses and pillows, and wash them often. It’s also important to vacuum mattresses regularly to eliminate any dust mite debris that may have settled into the mattress.

7. Vacuum Regularly

On the topic of vacuuming, it’s important to vacuum regularly in order to reduce dust, pollen and other allergens from settling into your carpets and furniture. Look for a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter to capture the smallest of particles.

8. Be Pest Aware

Keep an eye out for common pests such as cockroaches and rodents, which can both aggravate asthma symptoms. Use traps or sprays to keep these creatures away from your home. Make sure to clean any areas where they have been seen, such as under the sink or around food containers.

9. Test Your Home For Mold

Mold can be a serious asthma trigger, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of mold growth. You can do this by testing the air quality in your home with a specialized device. If you find any mold, have it professionally removed as soon as possible.

10. Restrict Smoking In Your Home

Smoke from cigarettes, cigars, or pipes can be a major asthma trigger. Make sure to restrict smoking in your home and create a smoke-free environment to minimize exposure and reduce the risk of an asthma attack.

More Tips for Asthma Proofing Your House

Following these steps will help you asthma proof your home and protect your loved ones from potential triggers. Taking these precautions can help create a safe and healthy living environment for everyone.

Additionally, make sure to inspect your house regularly and keep an eye out for any changes that may be setting off asthma triggers. Check the air filter in your HVAC system often and replace it if necessary. Keep an eye on any water damage or standing water that could lead to mold growth, and invest in a dehumidifier to help control humidity.

Finally, try to identify any possible hot spots in your home where asthma triggers may be hiding. For example, the kitchen is a common spot for dust and grease buildup, while allergens such as pet dander or pollen can accumulate in carpets and on furniture. Cleaning these areas regularly and investing in air purifiers or vacuums with a HEPA filter can help keep asthma triggers at bay.

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