Allergy Sufferer? 5 Tips to Reduce Pollen and Other Allergens in Your Home This Spring
May 15, 2021
Indoor Air Quality

Allergy Sufferer? 5 Tips to Reduce Pollen and Other Allergens in Your Home This Spring

Sneezing, itchy, swollen eyes, and head congestion. You know it even before the calendar shows it: allergy season has arrived. You arm yourself with medication and avoid the outdoors, but what about the indoor air quality of your home? In today’s blog from Air Authority, we are going to offer some great tips to rid your home of allergens and keep you sneeze-free this Spring. 

Related Post: How to Improve Your Indoor Air Quality During Cold & Flu Season 

1. Clean Air Ducts 

Your air ducts act as the lungs of your home. Through the year, they can collect anything that enters your home, including dust and pollen, pet dander, and insects. Every time the air conditioning or heat kicks on, anything that has collected in a duct has the potential to be blown down into the room. This can send a little sniffle into a full-blown allergy attack. 

2. Purify the Inside Air 

Air filters. Change air filters at the start of each season or once a month to allow your HVAC system to work to optimum capacity while cleaning the air. Check to see if you can get a HEPA filter for your system. HEPA filters have small particle filtration, catching smaller particles compared to regular filters. They stop contaminants from entering your ducts, increasing the overall efficiency of your HVAC system. HEPA filters can last up to three months, whereas a regular filter only lasts 30 days. 

Air conditioning maintenance. Get regular maintenance on your air conditioner. A licensed AC technician can make sure your air conditioner is running at its highest efficiency and that filters and vents are clean, reducing the amount of allergens it sends into the air. 

Air cleaning and purification. Install an air purification system or dehumidification system. Air purifiers can pull contaminates out of the room and recirculate clean air every few minutes.  A dehumidification system will pull moisture out of your air, keeping the room feeling cooler. Both of these can eliminate mold, allergens and viruses in your air, creating an overall healthy home. 

3. Keep Pet Dander Down 

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates that 3 out of 10 people in America suffer from animal-related allergies. You may be allergic to your pet and not even know it. Pet dander is one of the top culprits for triggering allergies. If you’re used to bathing your pets in the hall bathtub, this may be a good time to take bath time outside. Vacuum surfaces where they rest as often as possible. Try to avoid sitting on furniture where they have been. 

4. Keep the Pollen Outside 

After a day of working in the yard or exercising, be sure to remove shoes and clothes by the door and wash them immediately. 

If you have a fireplace, make sure the flue is closed tightly. In the same way, make sure all windows and doors are closed and sealed properly. Apply caulk or insulation to any windows that have drafts. 

This will reduce the amount of pollen brought into the home and prevent pollen from covering what you just cleaned. Keeping pollen outside will stop your air purifiers and filters from working so hard while improving indoor air quality.

5. Develop a Cleaning Ritual 

Keeping dust down to a minimum during the spring when everything is blooming will help reduce allergy symptoms and the discomfort that comes with them. Dust surfaces often and wash clothes immediately after going outside. Wet mop your floors where shoes can track in pollen and vacuum carpeting every week, especially high traffic areas, for the same reason. If you’re experiencing extreme symptoms, washing all bedding, pillows and throws can help reduce discomfort. 

Indoor Air Quality Tips From Air Authority

Allergy sufferers in your home will be helped by decreasing the amount of pollen and other contaminants being brought into your home. Healthier indoor air quality will benefit every member of your family. Contact Air Authority online or call (513) 229-0789 for more details on what we can do for you. Happy spring!

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