Wheezing, sneezing, and trouble breathing.
Well, while it might rhyme, there is nothing cute about it.
Especially if you’re one of the 60 million Americans suffering
from asthma and allergies, and the biggest causes may be
sitting right under your nose. Okay, allergy awareness month is
in full swing and right on cue. Michelle Casallia is here with
some tips to make our homes more asthma and allergy friendly.
So, Michelle, welcome. Thank you.
What’s wrong with our homes?? I’m just kidding.
(laughter). What are some of the things we
can do to make our homes more friendly to these allergens and
asthma problems? Well, 60% of all people who have
asthma also have allergies. Okay.
Asthma and allergies are triggered by allergens and
irritants that we can find in the home.
Some examples of allergens can be found in our drapes, in our
bedrooms, in pillows, wall to wall carpeting.
Sure. Examples of allergens can be
mold, mildew, pet dander, pollen, roaches.
Irritants can be found also in our home, in paints, in
chemicals, in cleaning products. Some examples also include
tobacco smoke, fireplace smoke, carbon monoxide, so you really
have to be careful. Well, it makes me want to go
through my whole home and just Martinize it.
Well, how can we decrease these allergies and irritants?
I mean, where do we start? Well, a great place to start is
the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which is
the largest, oldest, non-profit patient organization in the
world. It’s a wonderful resource.
It’s a one-stop shop for all of your asthma and allergy needs.
Wow. Okay, take me through, I’ve done
a lot of building and remodeling.
What should I think about if I do that again?
Okay, well there’s three categories.
If you go to our website at AAFA.org, and you go to our
certifcation program. AAFA.org?
Yes. Going there.
Yes, we have an asthma allergy friendly certification program,
and guide, which is a wonderful resource.
In this guide, they break it down into three categories.
Okay. Building and remodeling, second
is outfitting your home, and third is cleaning your home.
Starting off with building and remodeling, a couple red flags
come up. Especially if you have somebody
in your family that is dealing with and living with allergies
and asthma. If you are building and
remodeling a home, you want to try and avoid, if possible,
plywood. If you can, try to avoid wall to
wall carpeting and kind of go with hardwood floors.
But if you can’t, you can go to our website and find fabulous
certified friendly steamer cleaner.
Right. You want to keep your humidity
levels below 50%. Also, if you’re thinking about
buying a new heating and ventilation system, you want to
make sure that you buy a certified HEPA filter.
One that can be replaced or washable.
Good to know. Now, what about if you’re
outfitting your home. I’m always out there looking for
the right things to buy. What can help me?
Okay, if you’re out and about shopping to outfit your home,
you want to check out our guide first.
Okay. You want to get familiar with
our seal. Your seal?
Yes. We have a seal.
An allergy asthma friendly certification seal, and you know
with that seal that product or service has been scientifically
tested, put through rigorous testing in a laboratory, and you
can trust that product or service is made asthma and
allergy friendly. So, if I see that seal, I know
it’s been tested. I know I can put it in my home
and feel good about it. Absolutely.
Great! Alright, now there are certain
types of products that are irritants too as we clean our
home. What can we do about those?
Yes, a lot of irritants can be found in cleaning products, also
in dusting products, so you want to take a look.
You can go to the guide and see which ones, for example,
cleaning supplies like Endust, trap the actual dust and
particles, and they don’t seep out.
You can go and check out some of our asthma allergy friendly
certified vacuum cleaners. Okay.
Okay, we offer different paints that have been certified,
different pillows, mattress pads that keep out all of those
dustmites and moisture. That’s such great information,
because when you’re shopping, you can look for that AAFA seal,
that certification there, and you can feel safe about what
you’re buying. I didn’t know that before today.
That’s such an excellent tip. It’s a fantastic guide and
program that you can find on our website.
Oh Michelle, thank you so much for being on the show, and I
know you’re also appearing on Designing Spaces.
I am. I’m going to watch for that.
Thank you so much. Alright, in the meantime, you
can log on to AAFA.org and TheBalancingAct.com for all this
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