allergy suffererDo you realize you spend most of your time indoors? It’s true. Even for outdoor types, most of us on average spend about 90% of our days and nights indoor, according to the EPA report on Indoor Air. Given that, the quality of the conditions in our home becomes pretty important. You may escape some of the torture of spring pollen by staying indoors, but not all of it.  Then combine spring pollen with all those other nasty allergens and particulates that can float through the air you breathe (dust particles, dust mites, pet dander, molds, roaches, etc.), and the indoor fight becomes indoor war.

Pollen contributes to asthma and allergy conditions

Consider pollen. Pollen particles can range in size from just 10 to 1,000 microns, according to The Engineering Toolbox. Imagine how tiny that pollen particle is: a micron is one-millionth of a meter. No wonder pollen gets around. It easily goes airborne and clings to everything, especially shoes, according to WebMD’s Seasonal Allergy Symptoms Nationwide map tool. Pollen causes inflammation and irritation of the nasal passages. According to, 67 million Americans struggle with it every year. So pervasive is this air-quality nuisance that pollen counts are a standard fixture of weather reporting during allergy season.

Properly maintained laminate flooring can help asthma and allergy sufferers
Asthma and allergy sufferers can benefit from some common-sense precautions in the home that will help minimize the triggers that affect their conditions. One is the use of hard-surface flooring throughout the home instead of carpet. Such surfaces include hardwood, vinyl and, of course, laminate flooring. Why? Because eventually those tiny, floating allergen particles succumb to gravity and land on bookshelves, lampshades and the floor. Once they land on a laminate floor you can easily get rid of the pollen with simple routine cleaning using a vacuum or dust mop.

What else can I do to help my allergy or asthma sufferer in the home?

WebMD has excellent housecleaning tips for allergy sufferers, from cutting the clutter to avoiding scented cleaners and detergents. The website also offers advice on other changes you can make around the house to help out any time of year.