There are a lot of great things that come with spring, including warmer temperatures and the chance to spend a greater amount of time outside. But one item that can throw a wrench into enjoying the season is the presence of allergens. From runny noses to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can be a nuisance to any of your family members. And when you wake up with these symptoms instead of feeling like you’ve had a restful night’s sleep, you’re going to want to find a solution.
And while we typically think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can exist within your indoor space. Many homeowners have become increasingly invested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s challenging to eliminate those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to decrease these contaminants in your home.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) shares the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Soft furniture
- Stuffed toys
- Damp areas
- Indoor plants
- Mattresses without allergy covers
- Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water
The AAFA also shares a few steps to help you control allergens in your home.
- Put plastic covers over all mattresses and pillows.
- Wash your bedding weekly.
- Vacuum once or twice during the week.
- Cover your garbage cans.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
- Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from flowing into the home.
Keeping your home clean and reducing the opportunity for dust, pollen and other contaminants to enter the home will go a long way to enhancing your home comfort. Make a checklist so that you can prepare your home and be ready to enjoy the warmer temperatures.
Don’t make this allergy season more difficult than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can enhance your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have some questions on how to address the quality of air in your house, give US Air Heating and Cooling a call at 803-220-0761 to speak with one of our professionals.