Allergy sufferers know that they’re likely to experience worsening symptoms when allergy season starts. There are usually two main allergy seasons each year—one in the spring and another in the fall. In spring, new growth produces pollen and other allergens, while fall allergies are triggered by substances such as ragweed, mold, dust and dust mites. Fall allergy season usually starts in September and lasts through October, while spring allergy seasons usually starts in March and end around May.
How to Reduce Allergens in Your Home
You may hope to be able to allergy proof your home, but it’s unlikely that allergy-causing substances can be completely eliminated in normal situations. You can, however, reduce the allergens in your home by following a few steps.
- Limit the amount of time doors and windows are open. Keep doors and windows closed to prevent allergens and particulates from entering your home. Avoid opening windows for ventilation when pollen counts may be high and don’t leave windows open at night.
- Clean your home regularly. Frequent cleaning will reduce the presence of dust, pollen, mold and other allergens.
- Change HVAC system filters frequently. The filters in your air conditioner or furnace help keep your indoor air clean by trapping and holding particulates and allergens. Check filters monthly and change them if they’re dirty or clogged.
Removing Allergens From Your Home
In addition to preventing allergens from getting into your living environment, you can also take some steps to improve air quality in your home.
- Install an air cleaning system. An air cleaner adds additional filtration to that already provided by your HVAC equipment. Air flowing through the HVAC system is routed into the air cleaning equipment, where high-quality filters remove large amounts of particulates and contaminants.
- Improve ventilation. A whole-house ventilation system will regularly replace the stale air in your home with fresh outdoor air. Run fans to increase indoor air circulation. Turn on ventilating fans in kitchens and bathrooms to pull out contaminants and moisture.
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