happy new year 32014 is gone for good and 2015 is here to stay! If you suffer from allergies, perhaps 2014 wasn’t your best year for allergy symptoms. It was already a particularly bad year for allergies, but maybe your own prevention measures weren’t that great. Luckily 2015 is new year, and it’s never too early to start thinking about what you can do to control your allergy symptoms.

Keep reading to learn about the resolutions you should be making to have an allergy-free year.

Protect Your Bed

One of the most important things you can do to allergy-proof your home for the new year is to protect your bed.  You spend a large chunk of your day in your bed. If your bedding is left unprotected, you’re probably breathing in all kinds of allergens that have settled into the fibers of your mattress or pillow. Using allergen protective bedding products such as mattress protectors and pillow encasements will create an impenetrable barrier between you and your bedding. This will keep allergens like dust mites and pet dander from settling into the fibers of your mattress, pillows and other bedding.

Keep it Clean

If cleaning your home wasn’t a huge priority for you in 2014, it definitely should be in 2015. Developing a regular cleaning schedule will help you decrease the number of allergens that are lingering in your carpet, on your furniture and in the air. The two most important cleaning habits for allergen control are vacuuming and dusting. Both should be done at least once a week in order to keep up with the build-up of allergens in the home.

Cut Down on Mold

Indoor mold is another huge trigger of allergy symptoms within the home. Looking to the new year, it’s important to know what places in the home are most susceptible to mold growth. Anywhere moisture is present is at risk for mold growth. This includes the bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and even the basement or garage. Occasionally check corners and crannies in all these areas of the home for visible mold growth. If you spot any, be sure to go through the proper steps for removing it. Another important thing you could do to cut down on mold growth is remove any potted plants from the home. Mold can grow in the potting soil without you even knowing it, making allergy symptoms increase.

Just because your allergy prevention measures weren’t great last year doesn’t mean there’s not room to improve! We want you to be able to have your most allergy-free year yet in 2015. What ways do you plan on preventing allergies this year?