Do not use window or attic fans, which bring
air containing pollen, mold spores, and other allergens into your
Use air conditioning so you do not have to open windows. This
will help reduce the amount of pollen and mold spores that enter your
Use an air cleaner with a special high-efficiency particulate
air (HEPA) filter. This can help remove some allergens (such as pollen or
animal dander) and tobacco smoke from the air in your home.
Furniture, carpets, drapes, and bedding
Avoid carpet, upholstered furniture, and heavy drapes that
collect dust. Avoid furniture covered with fabrics. Use pillow and mattress
covers made from a tight-weave fabric that keeps out dust and
Use furniture made of wood, plastic, leather, or vinyl
(including vinyl mattress covers) that you can wipe clean. Note:
Vinyl mattress covers can be uncomfortable to sleep on.
and wall-to-wall carpeting. Talk with your family about this and about how this
will affect family life. If you cannot or do not want to remove carpeting
throughout the home, consider removing it only in the bedroom.
smaller rugs (throw rugs, area rugs) that you can wash.
drapes and blinds with roll-down shades or washable
Remove "dust collectors" from bedrooms, such as stuffed
toys, wall hangings, books, knickknacks, and artificial