5 Smart Tips to Allergen-Proof Your Home

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It’s estimated that asthma affects 24.5 million Americans, and that more than 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy. Those are huge numbers! I grew up in New Jersey and lived there for 27 years. I remember as a kid, people would say that at some point I was going to develop allergies. I was lucky to not have allergies growing up, however, when I reached my 20s, they finally came down on me. Here in New England, we suffer from both indoor and outdoor allergens. They affect my kids, my husband, and me, so I’ve been looking for simple and smart ways to combat them.


I can’t change the outdoors, but I CAN reduce allergens in the home. Here are 5 Smart Tips to Allergen-Proof Your Home:

1 – Close your windows. We have central air conditioning and we rely on it for cleaner air. Open windows, while nice, can stir up dust and allergens. You should also clean mold and condensation from window frames and sills.

2 – Remove clutter. The more you have in your home, the more places you have for allergens to collect! If you can remove unwanted items that collect dust, such as knickknacks, magazines, toys, and books, you can improve the quality of your air.

3 – Keep pets off furniture and out of bedrooms. Our cat especially likes to curl up in our bedroom, but I don’t like it!

4 – Focus on flooring. If you can use hardwood or linoleum flooring, as well as washable area rugs, that will help with carpet allergies. If that isn’t an option, use low-pile or high-pile carpeting. Vacuum at least weekly with a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter, and also shampoo your carpets frequently.

5 – Choose a system that fights allergens. Air quality is a huge comfort factor in your home, as airborne impurities can irritate eyes, noses, and lungs, and can also create odors that make any space uncomfortable. We chose to go with Lennox because in addition to heating and cooling, they have whole-home indoor air quality systems that fight these allergens and aid in making our home a comfortable, cozy space.


Lennoxnofollow provides whole-home solutions for complete peace of mind, and helps reduce allergens in the home.


Lennox has many products that can help you combat allergens in your home:

The PureAir™ Air Purification System from Lennox® is the only system of its kind on the market. It uses three different types of air cleansing technology to fight all three classes of contaminants that we talked about above. The PureAir™ whole-home air purification system improves indoor air quality better than any single system you can buy. Many technologies out there only combat one or two categories of air contaminants, and often only in one room! The PureAir™ system does not produce any ozone as a by-product and it actively works to reduce ozone – a known lung irritant. And, the Allergen Defender feature on iComfort® S30 and E30 smart thermostats checks the air quality and pollen levels in your zip code and automatically adjusts your system’s blower for automatic filtration, as needed. This is about protecting your whole home, and the people in it.

When you think about the air in your house, do you think of comfort and peace of mind? I know I do. I love that the products focus on the whole home, and all the members in it. This means our bedrooms, our bathrooms, our individual needs, and even our smart devices. We’ve been upgrading our home, little by little, to make it our dream home. I’m happy to say we’re getting there fast!


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We have two kids and three pets, plus our outdoor chickens. Even the puppy gets allergies inside the home. With all the little ones around, that’s why we’ve fallen in love with Lennox products, and we think you will too!

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My kids love and pretty much live outside during at least three seasons of the year.

It’s close to the life I loved and pretty much lived as a kid! We lived on the top of a mountain, with very little traffic, and would play outside from morning until night. Those days seemed long and the weeks and months seemed endless. I only know now how fast summer must have seemed to my parents! When the streetlights came on at night, our parents would all call us in. I know it sounds old-fashioned, but it was life. It was routine. We would go to the streams behind our house to catch crayfish and salamanders under rocks. I climbed trees, rode bikes, rollerbladed, and ran through the trails in our woods. We would create big neighborhood games of Simon Says, Kick the Can, and organized baseball and soccer games.

Somehow, we’ve managed to give our kids a fairly similar childhood. They’re young (5 and 8) so being screen-free is not challenging at this point because they’re not asking for screen-time. We are teaching them to love nature. We have rock gardens and a sprawling berry garden. There are vegetables, herbs, flowers, and plants growing too. We have 11 chickens that produce eggs almost daily. On our four acres, we have a lot of driveway, but the rest of it is woods and trails and ponds. It’s a gift. My kids know the sounds of a fisher cat and how to find, moose, deer or bear tracks in the snow or in the mud.

Living here makes nature easy to appreciate, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t still had to learn a few ways to connect the kids with nature. No matter where you live, these tips can help.

5 Ways to Help Your Kids Connect with Nature:

1 – Love nature, no matter where you are. Whether you live in the mountains or in a city, you can track nature. We create a window in our house for watching the world go by on rainy days. We also go “cloud-spotting” and watch the buds on the trees. You can watch it change, every week, month, and season. There’s something miraculous about it, wherever you are.

2 – Be in nature with no distractions. Sometimes that even means I leave the camera home, much less the phone. We love to find spots on our property to wait and watch. It’s really fun to watch nature without interruptions or other sounds.

3 – Read about nature with your kids. We go to the library and there are special displays this time of year with spring and garden themed books. I also like to get out books about star-gazing, so we can do our own star-gazing on spring nights.

4 – Garden with your kids. Whether it’s a small garden, even an indoor one, or a large one like ours, there is nothing like learning about plant growth and eating your own food. I’ve never met a kid who isn’t excited about growing food or flowers!

5 – Reduce obstacles, and this means being prepared with supplies and medications. This is a really important one so I saved it for last, so I could talk about it a lot! Spring is amazing, but it brings with it bugs, itchy plants, and allergies. That’s big!

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