Spring is one of the most beautiful times of the year, but it also can be one of the most miserable seasons for many people. Pollen, mold and many other allergens may spike during this season. In some cases, the allergens are so thick in the air that you can see the particles blowing in the wind. They may even cake on cars, patios and other surfaces. While these are outdoor allergens, the particles can make their way indoors. This means that there is no safe respite for spring allergy sufferers. The good news is that there are a few steps that you can to improve indoor air throughout this season.
Service Your HVAC System
Your HVAC system’s primary purpose is to maintain a comfortable indoor climate, but it can also affect air quality in the home. When your HVAC system is dirty, the dirt particles will circulate through the climate-controlled air. This means that any outdoor particles that make their way into your home through open doors and windows, can spread throughout the home. Servicing and cleaning your HVAC system, or having pros like L.J. Kruse Company do it for you, can improve indoor air quality dramatically in the spring and throughout the year. If you have a ceiling fan, don’t forget to clean the blades!
Allergens can enter your home each time you open the door. They can also be tracked in on your feet, bags and other items. These particles may fall onto the floor in your home, and they can be kicked back up in the air when you move around. Vacuuming your floors at least once or twice per week throughout the spring months is an effective way to remove the particles. If you have severe allergies, consider scheduling a professional deep carpet cleaning. You could even remove the carpeting from your home. Hard floor surfaces are a healthier option for homes of allergy sufferers.
Wash Your Pets
Just as you can track allergens into your home, your pets do the same. You may not be allergic to your pet, but their fur can trap allergens easily. Wiping their paws off each time they enter the home is a smart idea. Because pets may roll around in the grass and because allergens can stick on all surfaces of their body, it is also smart to wash them once a week throughout the spring. It may also be wise to avoid letting them on your furniture. When you keep them on the floor, the allergens may remain close to the ground where they can be vacuumed. After you touch your pets, be sure to wash your hands.
It may seem like you have no choice other than to suffer through allergy season. However, there are many steps that you can take to improve indoor air quality at home. Start implementing these tips now to breathe easier.