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

There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temps and the chance to spend a greater amount of 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 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 typically think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can reside 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 difficult to eliminate 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) shares 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 control allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses.
  • Wash your bedding once a week.
  • 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 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. Create a plan 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 some questions on how to tackle the quality of air in your space, give Patterson & Stirling Inc a call at 814-833-5558 or schedule an appointment online to speak with one of our experts.