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

April 27, 2018

There are several great things that come with spring, including warmer weather and the opportunity 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 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 frequently think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can exist within the home. 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 reduce 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 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 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 entering 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. Create a plan 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 more 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 home, give Uptown Heating & Cooling a call at 614-344-6949 to speak with one of our technicians.