Attention allergy sufferers: 10 tips for healthy indoor climate

by tine sintermann on November 10, 2021

Itchy eyes, runny nose, cough, restless days and nights. Allergy sufferers know these symptoms all too well. The causes are manifold. On the one hand, it can be the classic airborne allergens such as pollen, fungal spores or dust mite excrement. These hover in the room air or get caught in the corners in the house dust, in carpets and upholstered furniture. All too often, however, it is the interior furnishings themselves to which residents are allergic. We tell you what you can do to breathe freely again in your home!

 

Cotton

Ecological cotton as the inner lining can insulate the inner part of the sofa. So dust mites or mold can not settle here. dense fabric.

 

Natural wood 

Furniture made of regional natural wood is particularly suitable for allergy sufferers. Wood from native forests, such as fir, pine or spruce, hardly needs any chemical treatment. When treating wood, it is best to avoid harsh varnishes or chemical sealants. Instead, use oil that is labeled as anti-allergenic. Keep an eye out for the FSC-label for sustainable timber industry!

 

 

Upholstery

For upholstered furniture in general, look for anti-allergenic upholstery, such as foam made of natural materials or breathable wool.  

 

Wall paints and Wallpapers

Not only in the furniture lurks potentially the danger for allergy sufferers. It can also be wall paints and wallpapers that stain or vaporize many different allergenic particles. It's best to avoid solvents completely and go for lime paints and silicate paints. For wallpaper, woodchip and paper wallpapers are a good choice.

 

Carpets 

Avoid long pile carpets if possible. Even if they are made of anti-allergenic materials, pollen, spores or dust mites can simply get trapped here far too easily. A floor that can be damp mopped or swept frequently and easily is best.

 

 

Ventilation

Ventilate well and frequently - as long as the pollen and fine dust load outside allows it (e.g. when it rains). Tilting the windows is not sufficient and may only cool down the rooms unnecessarily. Only regular and intensive shock ventilation and cross ventilation brings an effective air exchange. If the allergen load outside is too high, pollen screens on the windows or special air cleaners can help.  

 

Temperature and Humidity

Pay attention to the right room temperature and humidity! Dust mites and mold love high humidity. Conversely, heated air dries the mucous membranes and makes the natural barrier permeable to allergens. A combination of hygrometer and thermometer helps you to better manage your indoor climate.

 

Mattress

Your mattress should be equipped with a washable and breathable cover. Wash this as well as your bedding about once a week at least 60 degrees. This way pollen, spores and dust mite droppings don't stand a chance!

 

 

Air Circulation

Place your furnishings so that there are no damp or dusty corners. Let the air circulate well. Your vacuum cleaner should be equipped with a HEPA filter, which keeps the dust including allergens.

 

Animals

If you're a pet allergy sufferer and don't want to give up a pet, you'll have to clean your floors and laundry even more often. Leave your bedroom as a pet-free retreat to get some rest at night.