There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temps and the opportunity to spend additional 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 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 reside within the home. Many homeowners have become increasingly interested in 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) notes the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Soft furniture
- Stuffed toys
- Damp areas
- Indoor plants
- Mattresses that don’t have allergy covers
- Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water
The AAFA also offers a few steps to help you manage allergens in your home.
- Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses.
- Wash your bedding weekly.
- 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 flowing into 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 increasing your home comfort. Make a checklist 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 further information on how you can improve your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have some questions on how to tackle the quality of air in your home, give Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 952-373-0377 to speak with one of our professionals.