For allergy sufferers, spring is an uncomfortable time of year.
It’s a time when you just can’t seem to get any relief no matter what you do.
However, there are some preventive measures you can take to help alleviate your allergy symptoms.
1. Regular HVAC maintenance will help remove allergens and keep your system clean.
You should change your filters once every three months and more often if you have pets.
Cleaning your air ducts every three to five years or if you’ve moved into a new home will also help to significantly reduce the number of allergens in your home.
2. Have your carpet, furniture and area rugs cleaned periodically.
Vacuum while wearing a dust mask at least twice a week with a HEPA filtered vacuum cleaner.
Especially in the spring, pollen can settle into soft surfaces, making your allergies worse.
3. Do everything you can to control dust mites.
This can be done by keeping your surfaces clean. Dust indoors regularly and keep your floors mopped.
You can also purchase dust mite powder that can be mixed with water and sprayed on your carpets and furniture.
The applied dust mite powder solution will last approximately six months before you have to reapply the solution.
Additionally, you can purchase allergy free plastic covers for your pillows and mattresses, etc. to keep as many dust mites away from your sleeping area as possible.
4. Try to avoid mold spores.
Too much moisture in your home could allow mold to grow, especially in the kitchen, bathroom and other wet areas.
A dehumidifier is extremely effective in reducing mold and dust mites.
Additionally, you should fix all leaks that could create damp areas in and around your home.
Clean all moldy surfaces and remove anything in your yard that could allow mold to grow such as piles of firewood or mounds of leaves.
5. Be mindful of roaches.
Roaches can cause a strong allergic reaction in some people.
To avoid attracting them, never leave any food sitting out or your garbage uncovered in your home.
Also, if you do have roaches, never use chemical agents to treat them as they could irritate your allergies.
Rather, use roach baits, boric acid or any other natural method for removing these pests.
For more tips on how to prevent indoor allergens or to schedule an air duct cleaning for your home, please contact one of your local HVAC contractors.