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Tips for Improving the Air in Your Home: Allergy Season

Tips for Improving the Air in Your Home: Allergy Season

10 Tips for Improving the Air in Your Home this Allergy Season

For many, spring may be their favorite time of year. The weather starts to get warmer, the days become longer, and the flowers start to bloom. However, starting in March there is another “season” that people may not be too excited about - allergy season.

In the spring, tree, flower, and grass pollen are often the main culprits of any suffering you may endure. While some people may experience symptoms worse than others, common allergy symptoms include runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and itchy or watery eyes.

Oftentimes, people just assume that allergy season is inevitable and do their best to manage their symptoms with prescription or over-the-counter medicine. However, there are small changes that can be made to your everyday life and to your home to reduce the impact that allergy season can have on your health and wellbeing.  

If you or your family have struggled through allergy season in the past and are looking to do things differently, below are 10 tips to make this allergy season a little more manageable.

  1. Take Your Medication Early - Start taking allergy medication before you start to feel your symptoms acting up. While over-the-counter antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays can help manage symptoms, they can also help before the season starts by preventing inflammation and easing other symptoms.

  2. Start Spring Cleaning Now - A deep clean at the start of the season can help remove any dust or pollen that may have already gotten into your home. It’s important to vacuum and clean regularly as pollen can come into the house and stick to fabrics, such as bedding, curtains, couches, pillows, and rugs.

  3. Clean Your Pets - Even if your pets hate getting a bath, washing your cats or dogs at least once a week may help to reduce allergens they may bring into the house after playing outside in the grass. Talk to your vet if your pet has sensitive skin, or if you have any other concerns about frequent baths.

  4. Track Pollen Levels - Tracking the days when your allergies will be the worst can help you plan your day accordingly and avoid being outside during peak pollen hours (typically midmorning and early evening). Downloading a pollen tracking app, such as the Weather Channel’s Allergy Tracker, can help you limit your exposure to allergens.

  5. Shower Regularly and Wash Your Clothes - Leave your shoes by the door and wash your clothes after one wear to try to prevent bringing pollen into your house. You should also shower regularly, especially before bed, to get off any allergens that may be stuck on your body or hair and prevent them from transferring to your bedding.

  6. Stay Away from Things That May Attract Pollen - On days where there is a known high pollen count, try to stay away from sticky products, such as hairspray, as pollen can stick to them. If you wear prescription lenses, it can also be better to wear glasses (or prescription sunglasses if it’s sunny) since pollen can get stuck to contact lenses.

  7. Fan Maintenance - Before the weather gets warmer, make sure you’re wiping down your air conditioning and ceiling fans before you turn them on! Clean any removable filters according to the manufacturer instructions. Turning them on before cleaning can put unnecessary pollutants in the air.

  8. Remove Mold - Aside from pollen, mold can also be a major cause of allergies. Keep mold out of your home by focusing on areas where mold is common, including basements, bathrooms, and kitchens. If you find any mold in your house, clean or remove it immediately and monitor humidity levels to ensure the mold doesn’t return.

  9. Keep Windows Closed - While it may be tempting to open the windows and let in some fresh air as the weather gets warmer, try to keep the windows and doors closed. Pollen is airborne and can get into the house. If it starts to get too warm, don’t be afraid to turn the air conditioning on. And don’t forget to replace your whole-house air conditioning filter, if you have central air conditioning.
     
  10. Invest in an Air Purifier: Air purifiers can help remove allergens from the air, including pollen and pet dander. Certain filters have different particle size limits – so while some purifiers filter down to particles the size of airborne viruses, others may only capture larger allergens. It’s important to take this into consideration when looking for the right product for your needs.

    The G200 produces cleanroom-quality air, capturing up to 99.99999% of ultrafine air particles. Allergy sufferers have praised the G200 as part of their allergy regimen.

 

Allergy sufferers dread the spring each year, but if you take simple but helpful precautions, you may be able to make the season a little more bearable. Making small changes, such as investing in an air purifier or tracking the day’s pollen count, can make all the difference when it comes to managing you and your family’s allergy symptoms.

 

Photo by Brittany Colette on Unsplash

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