Bless You! The Best Tips to Stop Spring Sneezes
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It’s getting close to that time of the year when pollen levels reach their peak across much of the country. That’s obviously bad news.
In fact, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. and allergies affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children. Spring-time allergy triggers don't just occur outdoors. Indoor air quality is just as important as the air outside when it comes to relieving symptoms, as well as for increasing overall comfort in the home.
To stay on top of allergy triggers and improve the air you breathe indoors, Jennifer Franz, an indoor air quality expert at Lennox, suggests the following dos and don’ts to improve indoor air quality and reduce allergy-inducers around the house:
Do's for clean air
Change your air filter regularly and before each new season to remove pollen, dust and mold. Franz also recommends installing a whole house air purification system, which is connected to a home’s heating and cooling system to remove airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors.
Vacuum and dust often.
Keep windows closed at night to prevent pollen or mold from drifting into your home. Instead, if needed, use air conditioning, which helps clean, cool and dry the air.
Wash laundry in the hottest water possible to kill off all dust mites (especially the sheets).
Try to stay indoors when the pollen count or humidity is high, as well as on windy days.
Don't do these things
Open the windows of your house and car during peak pollen times.
Hang sheets or clothing out to dry. Pollen and mold may collect on these items.
Let your pets (especially long-haired ones) sleep in your bed, as they can carry pollen in their fur.
Mow lawns or be around freshly cut grass, since mowing stirs up pollen and mold.
“Changing the air filter in a home’s heating and cooling system regularly not only helps ensure the air you breathe is cleaner, but it also can help extend the life of the system,” said Franz. “Homeowners should look for a pleated air filter with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of 13 or higher, which will help capture small particles, protect and improve the performance of your heating and cooling system, and make the air in a home cleaner.”
Read more about indoor air quality for your home.
Companies: Lennox Industries