There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temperatures and the chance to spend a greater amount of 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 pest 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 be present within your house. Many homeowners have become increasingly concerned with their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s challenging to remove 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) identifies the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:
- Wall-to-wall carpet
- Soft furniture
- Stuffed toys
- Damp areas
- Indoor plants
- Mattresses that aren’t in allergy covers
- Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water
The AAFA also provides a few steps to help you manage allergens in your home.
- Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses.
- Wash your bedding weekly.
- Vacuum once or twice during the 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 increasing 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 further information on how you can increase your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have additional questions on how to address the quality of air in your house, give Phelps Heating & Cooling a call at 270-358-3167 to speak with one of our technicians.