There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temps and the ability to spend a greater amount of 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 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 exist within your indoor space. Many homeowners have become increasingly concerned with their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s tough to get rid of 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:
- 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 control allergens in your home.
- Put plastic covers over all mattresses and pillows.
- Wash your bedding weekly.
- 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 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 improving your home comfort. Put a plan in place so that you can prepare your home and get back to enjoying the warmer temperatures.
Don’t make this allergy season more challenging than it needs to be. If you would like further information on how you can increase your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have some questions on how to find a solution for the quality of air in your space, give Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc a call at 740-474-5940 to speak with one of our experts.