What can I do to help my indoor air quality during allergy season?

Air Quality

There are several great things that come with spring, including warmer weather and the opportunity to spend additional time outside. But one thing 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 identify a solution.

And while we frequently 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) identifies the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:

  • Pets
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Soft furniture
  • Stuffed toys
  • Bedding
  • Damp areas
  • Indoor plants
  • Mattresses that aren’t in allergy covers
  • Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water

The AAFA also provides a few steps to help you manage allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers over all mattresses and pillows.
  • Wash your bedding every week.
  • Vacuum one or two times a week.
  • Cover your garbage cans.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom.
  • Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from entering the home.

Keeping your home clean and minimizing 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 get back to enjoying 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 additional questions on how to find a solution for the quality of air in your house, give Clean Air HVAC a call at 925-233-6238 to speak with one of our experts.

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