Consumer Reports: Allergy-proof your home

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Spring has sprung and so has the pollen count, but there are some things you can do to make your allergies better. (WPVI)

Spring has sprung and so has the pollen count, but there are some things you can do to make your allergies better.

Consumer reports put together a list of tips to help you allergy proof your home.

Reducing allergens in your home is nothing to sneeze at and a good place to start is with your bedding.

Washing your sheets weekly in hot water and running them through a hot dryer can ease allergy symptoms.

"Hot water reduces pet dander. Dust mites will either drown or die in the hot-air cycle," said Consumer Reports' Sarah Goralski

Next, cover box springs, mattresses, and pillowcases with a tightly woven fabric that's dust-mite proof.

"It's also a good idea to control the moisture in your home. Humidity at 30 to 50 percent helps reduce mites and mold," said Sarah.

The right-size air conditioner helps cut humidity. Dehumidifiers also work, but they generate heat, so save them for your basement.

Air purifiers can also be useful for removing dust and pollen.

"If you have a heating or cooling system that is forced-air, you may want to opt for a thicker filter, which we found more effective. But it may require professional installation to accept them," said Consumer Reports' Dave Trezza.

A good choice is the $29 dollar Filrete Healthy Living Filter available online.

And don't forget your vacuum can kick up dust and aggravate allergies.

Consumer Reports finds these vacuums are good for emissions: the Hoover WindTunnel Max for $180 dollars and the Kenmore for $350 dollars.

Allergy and asthma suffers might want to stay away from bagless vacuums, which can stir up dust.

Consumer Reports also say you should make sure your home is well-ventilated with exhaust hoods or fans in the kitchen and bathroom.

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