Hard to believe, but spring is just around the corner…even as we approach what are typically the most snowy days in Denver. That means many of us will soon be suffering from what seems like chronic watery eyes and sneezing. But, there are several things you can do in your home to improve indoor air quality and reduce your hay-fever symptoms.
When spring has sprung, people like to open up their homes and let in fresh air. Plus, people and pets are in and out more frequently. While this sounds great, it also means that pollen from outside has more access to the inside of your home. Pollen can fly in and settle on surfaces or get tracked in from shoes or your dog who loves nothing more than to roll around in the grass. To help reduce all that pollen, allergy experts recommend frequent vacuuming, especially those floor rugs right next to your doors. If you have allergy sufferers in your home, use a vacuum that has a HEPA filter. Most experts agree you should vacuum your floors at least once a week in the spring.
Pollen and other hay-fever triggers, such as dust mites, are attracted to bed linens. So, in the spring months you need to be more diligent about washing sheets, pillows, blankets and comforters. Wash your bed linens at least once a week using hot water.
There are several high-efficiency HEPA filters on the market widely available at hardware and bed/bath stores. We recommend setting them up in rooms where you spend a lot of time, such as your bedroom or office. Most are fairly low maintenance, requiring weekly filter changes or cleaning. For allergy sufferers, however, they can make a significant impact on reducing hay-fever symptoms.
Frequent Pet Baths
We all love our pets, but they are sometimes the leading cause of poor indoor air quality. Their fur is a magnet for pollen and dust. Then when they curl up on the floor, lay on your lap, or sleep on the couch or on your bed, they spread all the pollen around. So, bathing them more frequently in the spring is very important to reducing hay-fever triggers in your home.
Maintaining Your Vents
In the spring we can go from running the furnace to the air conditioner in the span of a matter of hours. Your Denver HVAC systems are constantly circulating air, and that includes pollen and dust. All that can build up in your vents and lead to poor performance. So, keeping your entire system maintained and clean will help those hay-fever sufferers in your home. Also, be sure to change out your system’s air filters. Those filters help prevent pollen and dust from recirculating into your home environment.
How To Use This Information
When it comes to beating hay fever this spring, you can buy all the remedies at your local drug store. However, the key to helping prevent hay-fever symptoms in the first place is, largely, to improve your indoor air quality. As a Denver residential heating, air-conditioning and geothermal provider, we can help. Our team of comfort specialists with the Major Service System™ can evaluate your current environment and customize a solution that will have you breathing easier. For a free systems evaluation, schedule online or call 303-424-1622.
What are your tricks or remedies to combatting hay fever?