We all love when the days get longer. We love the sunshine and the beautiful 60 & 70-degree weather. Most of us love the springtime! But one thing that you can count on ruining that beautiful spring weather is those pesky allergies. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. Allergies are NEVER fun, especially when the pollen is super high. You can avoid going outside at times when the pollen count is super high, but what about the pollen in your home? How can you keep it out so that your home remains a safe place? We’ll take a look at some tips and tricks in the blog.
Tip #1 – Keep the access points of your home shut
Windows and doors should remain shut, especially on dry, windy days when the pollen is likely high. We know that fresh air can make your home feel clean, but when you open doors and windows for long periods, you risk those pesky allergens getting inside. If you need to leave windows/doors open, try to do it on days following a good rain. The rain will have knocked some pollen off and the count will likely be lower on these days.
Tip #2 – Don’t hang out outside
Okay, this one seems obvious. But if you know allergies are high in your area (you can check local weather reports for this info.), then stay inside. If you know you’ll be outside, try to take allergy medication before heading out for the day. But we don’t just mean you shouldn’t hang outside. We mean your laundry shouldn’t either. If your someone who likes to dry their laundry outside but has allergies – bring it in! Your clothes will easily get pollen attached, meaning you’re bringing those allergens inside your home.
Tip #3 – Keep your home and HVAC clean
Be sure that you’re using clean filters to keep those allergens from getting caught in your HVAC system. These filters can help trap allergens before they move through your home. Another great recommendation is to dust and vacuum your home frequently. This will trap any allergens that may be resting on the surface of your furniture or floor.
Tip #4 – Leave your shoes at the door
Like your clothes, your shoes can track allergens and dirt into your home. Leaving your shoes in your garage or on the porch can help keep those allergens out. Not wearing shoes in your home is a great way to keep your floors cleaner overall!
Tip #5 – Take frequent showers
Unfortunately, even you can track allergens into your home. Taking showers once a day, especially after contact outside, can help lower your risk of moving allergens into your home. Your hair is a GREAT place for allergens to get tangled up. Washing your hair after a long day outside will wash the pollen off too. If you have severe allergies, you may even try tying your hair up under a hat to keep the allergens from getting attached as easily.
We hope that these tips are helpful as you work to keep your home safe from those pesky spring allergies. Remember that your HVAC system is there to work for you, so let it do its job by keeping it well maintained. If you have questions about how your HVAC can help you combat spring allergies, give A/C Masters a call – (757) 847-5252.