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Top 5 Ways to Reduce Asthma & Allergy Symptoms in Your Home

20th May 2024

Asthma & Allergies
Indoor Air Quality

20% of households in the UK have an asthma sufferer living in the house*. Those affected are keen to embrace different methods of reducing the symptoms.

In this blog post, we consider 5 ways to reduce asthma and allergy symptoms in your home.

Indoor furniture and fittings can act as a trap for allergens when made from certain materials. When buying your next sofa, opt for fabrics that are easy to clean such as leather. For flooring options, use the same principal and choose hard flooring such as tiles or wood where harbouring allergens are not as prominent.

You don’t have to get rid of your furry friends, but you might want to consider keeping them away from living areas to avoid animal dander (that’s little particles of protein found in animals’ skin) from getting into the air. If your pets are kept indoors, make sure they are groomed and bathed regularly to minimise the impact.

When a person inhales tobacco smoke, even passive smoking, irritating particles settle in the lining of the airways. These irritants can trigger asthma symptoms. If you live with a smoker, ask them to smoke outside to reduce the chance of you inhaling second-hand smoke.

Tiny dust mites are common on mattresses, bedding and most soft coverings, and act as a trigger for asthma symptoms. As you spend much of your time in bed it makes sense to keep these furnishings as dust free as possible. Consider a good plastic mattress cover or even vacuum your mattress regularly to help remove allergens.

Household cleaning products, especially aerosols and sprays, can leave chemical toxins lingering in the air which act as irritants for asthma sufferers. Consider using natural non-toxic substances to help reduce your asthma symptoms.

  1. Keep furniture and fittings allergen free
  2. Keep your pets clean and well groomed
  3. Keep smoke outdoors
  4. Sleep tight – dust free!
  5. Check how clean your cleaning products are

Keeping your home dust free

Keeping your home dust free will help reduce symptoms of most asthma and allergy sufferers. A Beam Central Vacuum System offers additional benefits, with no recirculating or dirt and debris in livings areas as all waste is removed from the point of cleaning to the vacuum power unit typically located in a utility room or garage.

Beam power units utilise an exclusive permanent self-cleaning filtration material from the makers of Gore-Tex fabric. By using cyclonic forces to separate larger dirt particles and allergens from vacuumed air, the permanent filters them removes the remaining particles at 98% efficiency at 0.3 microns. The Beam self cleaning filters cleans itself every time the system is turned off.

Vacuuming above curtains

Good ventilation will also help with reducing symptoms. Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems offer clean fresh warmed air throughout the home whilst extracting moist stale air from all wetrooms and rooms that have moisture build up such as kitchen and utility room.

Beam's Axco Heru Heat Recovery Ventilation System features F7 Pollen filters, the highest grade of specification available for a ventilation system. This large surface long-life F7 double protection filter on both incoming and extracted air (unique to Beam!) traps the pollen twice to ensure no pollen particles manage to escape through to your home. The filter also ensures no other pollutants or insects will pass through and with this constant pollen free, fresh filtered air will reduce the symptoms for allergy sufferers - no need to open windows to ventilate the home. 

Used vs New MVHR filters

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