Allergy and asthma sufferers know that cleaning your home means more than just being able to finally invite your friends over.

Attacking the build-up of dust, pet dander and mold helps get rid of allergens that cause sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses and miserable congestion.

If you have seasonal or perennial allergies, see a board-certified allergist who can identify the source of your suffering and develop a treatment plan to eliminate symptoms.

To help minimize the symptoms of your allergies, take the following tips into consideration.

1. Reduce mold

Bathrooms, basements and tiled areas are prone to mold, and the key to reducing mold is moisture control. Use bathroom fans and remove any standing water.

  • Tip: Scrub visible mold with detergent and water and completely dry

  • Tip: Help prevent mold by keeping home humidity below 60 percent

2. Do away with dust

You can get a head start on house cleaning by changing your air filters every three months and using filters with a MERV rating of 11 to 13. There are also a few ways to reduce exposure to dust mites.

  • Tip: Obtain specialized zippered encasings for the mattress and pillow.

  • Tip: Use a cyclonic vacuum, which spins dust and dirt away from the floor, or a vacuum with a high-efficiency particulate air filter.

3. Manage pet peeves

When family pets spend time indoors, chances are that quantities of hair, saliva and dander—all of which carry allergens—will increase.

  • Tip: Remove pet allergens by bathing your pet weekly, vacuuming frequently and washing upholstery, including your pet’s bed.

  • Tip: Keep your pet out of the bedroom at all times so you can sleep better.