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

Air Quality

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

And while we typically think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can be present within your indoor space. 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) 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 reduce allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses.
  • Wash your bedding once a 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 reducing 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 be ready to enjoy the warmer temperatures.

Don’t make this allergy season harder than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can increase your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have any questions on how to address the quality of air in your home, give PWA Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 815-768-6656 to speak with one of our technicians.

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