One in five Americans suffers allergies or asthma symptoms, which means that even if your household has escaped, there’s a good chance that some of the house guests you invite in may be sufferers. Springtime allergies may be an an inescapable part of this time of year, but you can control how they affect your home life by following these rules:
- Dry, windy days tend to kick up pollen more than wet and still ones. When the weather is right for pollen, try not to spend too much time outdoors.
- If you have bad grass allergies, delegate your lawn care to more-resistant household members, or hire lawncare help.
- Keep doors and windows closed, and make sure that ventilation bringing air into your home passes the incoming air through a filter.
- When you get inside, hang up any coats and outerwear and take a hot shower.
- Keep your air conditioner running (in “fan only mode” on cooler days, if your system supports it) so that your HVAC system’s air filters will continually filter pollen.
- Clean your home regularly, dusting with a static duster and a vacuum. If you use a bagless vacuum, empty the vacuum into a trashcan outside. Some vacuums offer HEPA filtration, to offer extra protection against airborne pollutants being stirred up and re-introduced to the air.
- Consider an electrostatic air filter or a standalone air cleaner for optimum indoor air quality, especially if members of your household have severe allergies, asthma, or other lung complications.
- If you have indoor-outdoor pets, give them a good brushing outside before they come in.
- Change your HVAC air filters regularly – with the increased pollen counts, they may become clogged more easily, impeding air circulation.
- Keep an eye on the local pollen count reports for Grand Traverse County.
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