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

Air Quality

There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer weather and the ability to spend more time outside. But one item 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 seek out a solution.

And while we usually think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can be present within your house. Many homeowners have become increasingly invested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s challenging 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) notes the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:

  • Pets
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Soft furniture
  • Stuffed toys
  • Bedding
  • 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 over all mattresses and pillows.
  • Wash your bedding every week.
  • 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 getting in 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 enhancing your home comfort. Put a plan in place so that you can prepare your home and soak in the warmer temperatures.

Don’t make this allergy season more difficult than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can improve your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have additional questions on how to tackle the quality of air in your space, give Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 509-397-3622 to speak with one of our professionals.

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