Get Relief With Helpful Allergy TipsIt’s allergy season across the Grand Traverse County area, and that means sneezing, sniffing and watery and itchy eyes for many allergy sufferers. Whether your allergy attacks stem from oak and maple trees, dust and dust mites, your furry friend or all of the above, use these allergy tips to help reduce allergens in your home.

House Cleaning

If house cleaning stirs up dust and allergy troubles in your home, try these cleaning tips:

  • Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • When dusting furnishings and surfaces, use a cloth dampened with water or cleaner.
  • Wipe window blinds and shades.
  • Wash or vacuum curtains.
  • Wear a respirator and eye protection while cleaning.
  • Consider installing a whole-home air purification system.

HVAC Cleaning

One of the simplest ways to keep indoor allergens at a minimum is to change your furnace filter as needed. You will also boost HVAC performance and keep energy bills lower with frequent filter changes.

Clean the air vents each month to remove dust and dirt. If you suspect your ductwork is dirty, call your HVAC professional for a duct inspection. Ducts and other HVAC system components are known to harbor debris and mold growth.


More than half of all Americans own one or more pets—even if they are allergic to their furry friend. If you are allergic to your pet, there are simple steps you can take to help reduce allergic reactions.

  • Train your pet not to sit on furniture or your bed.
  • Brush your pet weekly.
  • Use appropriate shampoo and food if your pet has dry, flaky skin.
  • Vacuum carpeting and upholstery often.
  • Wash your hands often and try not to touch your face after touching your pet.

Bathing and Sleeping

Take showers in the evening before bedtime to wash away pollen on your skin and in your hair. Sleep with the windows closed. Make sure to wash your sheets, blankets and pillows regularly to help control dust mites.

For more information about these allergy tips and other ways to make your home more comfortable, please contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about allergy tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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