According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 81 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies each year. And each year, we’re seeing earlier, longer lasting, and increasingly severe allergy seasons than in years past due to warmer temperatures causing plants to produce more pollen for longer periods.
So, what’s an allergy sufferer to do? While you may not be able to eliminate symptoms entirely, there are steps you can take to manage them and get some welcome relief.
Read on for some simple but effective tips to reduce your exposure to allergens and stay more comfortable during allergy season.
No, you don’t have to hunker down at home all season long, but try to stay indoors when pollen counts are highest, typically in the morning. And if you can’t, consider wearing a mask while doing outdoor tasks to reduce your exposure to pollen.
Keep Windows & Doors Closed
Sure, that gentle breeze feels nice but pollen can easily make its way inside through open windows and doors. If you do open windows, do so when pollen counts are lower.
Dust and vacuum regularly to remove pollen and other allergens from surfaces and carpets. Be sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter that helps trap allergens.
Check Your Pets
Fido and Fluffy can inadvertently bring pollen into your home when they come in from the outdoors. If you have pets that spend time outside, wipe them down to remove any pollen that may be stuck to their fur.
Take Allergy Medication
Over-the-counter antihistamines can help relieve common allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy, watery eyes. Consult your primary healthcare provider before starting any medications and ask about stronger alternatives if your symptoms are more severe.
Use an Air Purifier
An air purifier with a HEPA filter can help remove allergens from the air inside your home. If an air purifier is not in the budget right now, you can also use a HEPA filter on your HVAC system to help remove pollen and other allergens from the air.
At Air Professional Associates, we have multiple ways to improve the quality of your air. While we can’t cure allergies, we help can rid your home of the pollutants that may aggravate them. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation to see whether a professionally installed air cleaner is the right solution for your home.