There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temperatures and the ability to spend more time outside. But one factor that can throw a wrench into enjoying the season is the presence of allergens. From runny noses to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can be an annoyance 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 frequently think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can be present within your house. Many homeowners have become increasingly concerned with their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s difficult to eliminate those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to cut 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 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 reduce allergens in your home.
- Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses.
- Wash your bedding every week.
- Vacuum once or twice a week.
- Cover your garbage cans.
- Keep pets out of the bedroom.
- Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from getting in 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. Put a plan in place so that you can prepare your home and be ready to enjoy the warmer temperatures.
Don’t make this allergy season harder than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can increase your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have additional questions on how to address the quality of air in your home, give Clean Air HVAC a call at 925-233-6238 to speak with one of our experts.