Allergy season has arrived and experts are anticipating higher pollen counts than usual. Areas such as the Midwest and the East are already experiencing record high pollen counts setting off symptoms for allergy sufferers. Itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, and sinus problems are common symptoms for people allergic to pollen.
Follow these tips to improve your indoor air quality by reducing the amount of pollen that makes its way inside your home:
Tip #1 Keep windows closed and use air conditioning
Pollen can travel up to 500 miles on a windy day. Even if you do not live in a heavily wooded area and you are allergic to tree pollen it can still enter your home through open windows. The best way to keep outdoor allergens out of your home is by keeping your windows closed during the peak allergen season and using your air conditioner to cool your home.
Tip #2 Reduce pollen traveling inside via your clothing and pets
Pollen will attach itself to your hair, clothing, and your pets. The most effective way to reduce pollen making its way indoors will be to change your clothing once you enter your home after being outdoors and taking a quick shower. You also may want to wash your hair before bed to prevent introducing pollen into your bedding. Give pets a quick brush after they are outdoors and vacuum up the area to collect any pollen. Bathing them once a week will also reduce the amount of pollen and dander.
Tip #3 Invest in a home air purifier
A home air purifier will improve the quality of your home air and remove up to 98% of allergy-causing airborne pollen and pet dander. Change your filter per the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that your purifier is operating at peak efficiency. An indoor air purifier, that also contains a VOC filter, will help keep those pesky chemicals at bay during this time as well.
Tip #4 Keep your home clean
Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to frequently vacuum your home and fabric furniture. Dust with a microfiber cloth designed to trap dust and pollen instead of dispersing it into the air. Wash bedding and pillowcases frequently during peak allergen season in hot water (130 degrees Fahrenheit).
While allergy sufferers have little recourse while outdoors during peak allergen season, taking steps to reduce the amount of pollen in your home will help improve your comfort and overall indoor air quality.