What can I do to help my indoor air quality during allergy season?

Air Quality

There are a lot of great things that come with spring, including warmer temps and the ability to spend additional 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 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 to find a solution.

And while we usually think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can reside within your house. 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 reduce these contaminants in your home.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) identifies the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:

  • Pets
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Soft furniture
  • Stuffed toys
  • Bedding
  • Damp areas
  • Indoor plants
  • Mattresses without allergy covers
  • Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water

The AAFA also shares a few steps to help you manage allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses.
  • Wash your bedding every week.
  • 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 lowering the opportunity for dust, pollen and other contaminants to enter the home will go a long way to enhancing your home comfort. Make a checklist so that you can prepare your home and get back to enjoying the warmer temperatures.

Don’t make this allergy season more difficult 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 tackle the quality of air in your home, give Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online to speak with one of our professionals.

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