Taking Control of Spring Allergies and Indoor Air Quality

Taking Control of Spring Allergies and Indoor Air Quality
22
Mar

Spring allergies are on the way, if they haven’t hit you already. At this time of year, you might try to spend as much time indoors as possible, in order to avoid any potential allergens. But as it turns out, your indoor air quality may do a lot to worsen your symptoms.

When you shut the doors and close the windows tightly, running your heating and AC equipment, particulate in the air simply gets a chance to recirculate, aggravating your preexisting symptoms. Take control of indoor allergies by dealing with the problem where you can. Follow these steps to improve your indoor air quality and help lessen the severity of your seasonal coughing and sneezing.

1. Remove moisture in the air.

Something that can make symptoms a lot worse is moisture in the air. This may allow for mold and mildew to develop, and can serve as a breeding ground for certain bacteria. Install a whole-house dehumidifier to resolve the problem.

2. Install an air purifier.

Those plug-in air purifiers and filtration systems you find in hardware stores may not be good enough, only tackling particulate in one part of the room. A whole-house air purifier is installed within the duct system, where dust and other allergens are already circulating. A heating and air conditioning technician can install a system that takes care of particulate where it causes the most harm.

3. Remove outerwear and shoes at the door.

Avoid tracking in dust and particulate matter. Make a household rule to remove shoes near the doorway. Hang up jackets on a hook by the door as well. Before lounging around on the couch, change your clothes if you’ve spent time hiking or playing with the kids outside (and make sure everyone does the same).

4. Change your sheets.

Changing your bedding each week helps to keep dust mites away.

5. Have a yard sale.

Nothing helps to eliminate dust on objects around the house quite like getting rid of some of those objects. The less clutter you have inside, the fewer surfaces there are on which dust can accumulate. Spring cleaning is a great opportunity to get allergens out of the home, just make sure you clean and vacuum as you transport items out.

6. Spend more time cleaning the floors.

You may do a quick sweep of the floors with your weekly cleaning routine or a once-over with the vacuum cleaner on your carpets. But if you’re prone to spring allergies, it’s best to spend a little more time on this task. For carpets, move furniture out of the way first, and then follow a pattern with your vacuum cleaner as you work. Weekly mopping of hard surfaces is also helpful when you have severe allergies.

7. Wash rugs and other cloth items.

Don’t forget about the details around the home that may be dirty or dusty. This includes rugs and mats, dishtowels, pillow covers, and even children’s stuffed animals.

8. Wash your hair before bed.

Hair actually collects pollen rather easily. It’s a good idea to shower and wash your hair before bed in order to protect pillowcases, especially if you’ve been outdoors.

 

 

All of these little hints can help alot, and if you need a purifier or just need your system checked out Give Us a Call . –  254-554-1906

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