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F.H. Furr's Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical Insider Blog

7 Ways To Improve Your Home's IAQ!



It’s spring! Flowers are appearing, trees are blooming and our cars are turning

yellow...wait, what’s that last part? Ah yes, the pollen has returned with Spring, dousing

everything in its powdery yellow substance. For those of us with allergies, springtime

can be the worst time of the year. Despite the beauty that’s growing all around us, the

allergens are multiplying in the air, making the first few months of spring utterly

miserable. Sneezing, sniffing, itchy eyes; pollen’s symptoms know no end! If you’ve

experienced these allergies, then you know that they can ruin your spring days! When

allergies hit, most of us seek the comfort of our homes to escape the outside air, yet

often times, the air INSIDE your home can be just as bad as it is outside. So how can

you make your home safe from seasonal allergies? Here are 7 tips to help improve your

indoor air quality and clear out seasonal pollen.


1. Dust and Vacuum Frequently

This may sound obvious, but this is a critical part of keeping allergens at bay! With

springtime weather, windows and doors are opened more frequently, allowing pollen to

enter your home and infiltrate the air. By dusting and vacuuming routinely, you can

bypass the issue of pollen becoming imbedded in your carpets and avoid stirring it up

while dusting. Also, using a hypo-allergenic vacuum or high filtration bag will help retain

allergens better than most regular vacuums and bags that can leak allergens back into

the air. Keep up with these simple household chores and you’ll see a decrease in

springtime pollen in your home.

2. Keep Your Pets Clean!

If you’ve got pets, (especially if they are regularly outside of your home) brushing and

bathing them regularly will greatly reduce pollen allergens. Pollen can hide in the coat of

your animals, and without grooming your pets routinely, dander and pollen can escape

into your home and cause irritation for those in your family who are suffering from


3. Maintain Your Bedding Material

Often times, you can’t escape your allergies, even when you’re trying to sleep. That’s

because pollen settles on everything, including your pillow. If you are a sufferer of

allergies, it may be wise to purchase allergen impermeable pillowcases for the pollen

season. It’s important to wash your bedding material in hot water every week. This will

get rid of any pollen that’s accumulated, or has been brought in, and help you sleep

easier this spring!

4. Keep Windows Closed!

This should go without saying, but we’ll mention it anyway. Keep those windows shut! The more outside air you let into your home, the worse it’ll be for the one suffering from allergies. Despite the fact that the weather is beautiful....you’ll have to enjoy it from afar for a few weeks until the blooms die down.

5. Upgrade Your Air Filter

Most common air filters only eliminate 3-5% of the dust particles and allergens that

circulate through them. Upgrading will greatly reduce pollen and allergens that are in

your home.

6. Control the Humidity in Your Home

A humidifier can be good for the elimination of allergens in the air. There are small, one

room humidifiers that you can buy for fairly cheap if your allergies only last a month or

so, and for those of us who suffer all year long, a Whole House Humidifier will greatly

improve the indoor air quality of your home by keeping dry pollen out and the right

amount of moisture in.

7. Maintain Your Ductwork

The ductwork in your house disperses air throughout your home, so if your ducts are

leaking, or not filtering air properly, you could be sending allergens and dust into the

rooms of your home. It’s a good idea to make sure your ductwork is in clean, working

shape before that Air Conditioning starts pumping!

Protecting your family from harmful allergens and improving your indoor air quality is

important. Try these tips this spring as the pollen count begins to rise! As always, F.H.

Furr is ready to handle all of your Indoor Air Quality needs!

Topics: Air Quality Ductwork Ductless System hvac service