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Finding Healthy Housing For People With Asthma

I find myself between homes. So, renting a home seemed ideal for the moment. This would give me time to find nice, healthy housing. However, renting poses some problems for asthmatics. Here’s my take on renting with asthma.

Why rent?

Renting is good for some people. It’s good in some situations. I find myself between houses. So, it seemed ideal to rent a house. It’s nice because you pay rent and utilities. That’s it! You don’t have to pay taxes on it. You don’t have to worry about fixing things. Things break and you just make a call.

So it gives you time to save. I’ve been using my time here to save and save and save. The goal is to get a nice home for me and my kids. Of course, if you’re buying or selling right now, you know house prices are jacked up through the roof. This makes it a sellers market and not a buyers market. Not so good for me.

Finding healthy housing is hard

When I started looking I was a little bit (a lot) stressed. I can’t just live in any old home. It has to be allergy and asthma proof. It doesn’t have to be perfect. But, I can’t live in a place that smells musty. I can’t live in a place that has cat and dog dander deep in the carpets.

So, this makes me very picky with where I choose to live.  This can make finding the right place a long, daunting task.

But, last time I got lucky. The first place I looked at was this duplex. The front apartment was open. I entered and could smell fresh new carpet. My kids and I immediately fell in love with it. We knew this place was perfect for us.

Still, you can only rent a place for so long. That’s the bad part about renting. Landlords can be pestering sometimes. And that’s the case with my current situation. I’m to the point I need to find a new place. I’m looking for a house. But, that could take a long time. So, there’s the chance I might need to start looking for another rental.

And that brings up my stress level once again.

Packing is hard

So, finding healthy housing is hard in and of itself. But, packing to move is another stressor for allergic asthmatics. Packing clothing is fine. Well, it is if it’s freshly washed. Clothes sitting around long may contain dust mites.

Packing stuff in a living room is fine. Maybe! Still, there’s dust mites on stuff. When you get into closets. There’s dust in there. Moving stuff with dust mites is okay if it’s just one thing one random time. But, when you’re doing it all day, not so good.

I have had asthma attacks just packing. Sure, it could be the stress. It could be the time limit. Like, usually when you move you have so much time to do it in. So, stress in itself can be a trigger. So stress, plus dust mites, plus mold spores (if you run into them), can trigger asthma while packing.

When you get into packing the basement is where you’ll find mold spores. Not in every home. But, there’s no air conditioning here. So, hot humid summers can create breeding grounds for mold and dust in basements. So, that’s something to be leary of.

Moving is harder

And then there’s the actual stress of moving. Packing is one thing, but the actual process of moving is another. When I moved into my current house I had lots of time. So, I would make one trip per day. This prevented me from being overly exposed to moving-into-a-new-home-triggers.

But this time, there won’t be so much time. I might have only a few weeks to move. In this case, I might have to make many trips in a few days. Twice before when I did this I ended up in the ER. It’s just a lot to ask for an allergic asthmatic. So, usually I get help. My brothers have helped me in the past. My friends have helped before. So, that’s always nice.

Owning a healthy home is better

I think owning a house is ideal for asthmatics. Or, even better might be owning a condo. If you owned a condo, you wouldn’t have to fix things or cut grass. You get others to do that for you. And things are kept up. But, condos can be expensive too.

If you own a house, you can make sure it’s allergy and asthma proof. You can make sure it is kept up. You can buy air conditioning if it’s not there. You can fix areas that are moldy. You can do whatever is in your budget. You can make it yours. You can make sure it is and always stays a healthy home for you. You can’t do that in an apartment or house rental.

So, that’s my take on renting and finding healthy housing with asthma. What about you? Have you ever rented with asthma? What’s your experience? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Shellzoo
    4 months ago

    18 years ago during my asthma denial years I moved into my current house. Packing and moving from my old home involved pulling out things covered in years of dust from storage. I wheezed for several days, had a provider suggest I needed a rescue inhaler (which I turned down) and left me exhausted during a time I needed my energy. Now I know I have asthma and there is no denial but back then I was young and thought I just over did it. Your article reminded me of that move. If I ever move again, I plan to have a good mask to wear while I pack and unpack. I also would keep in mind allergy friendly homes. No sense moving into a home filled with dust mites and animal dander. Good luck with your house hunting.

  • John Bottrell, RRT moderator author
    4 months ago

    You are normal going through the asthma denial phase. That’s something many of us asthmatics go through. That’s a perfect example of “when you learn better, you do better.” I’m now in that phase of looking for a new home. The house I looked at today was a really nice asthma friendly home. The problem is it will stretch me to the high end of my budget. So, perhaps this will segue into another post on this subject in the near future 🙂 Hope all is going well with you. John. Author/ Site Moderator.

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