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

April 27, 2018

There are a lot of great things that come with spring, including warmer temperatures and the opportunity 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 identify a solution.

And while we usually think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can exist within your indoor space. Many homeowners have become increasingly interested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s challenging 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) identifies 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 control allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers over all mattresses and pillows.
  • Wash your bedding every 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 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 increasing 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 more challenging than it needs to be. If you would like more information on how you can improve your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have additional questions on how to tackle the quality of air in your home, give Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services a call at 907-202-9798 to speak with one of our experts.