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
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!