Improving Indoor Air Quality for Seasonal Allergy Relief
Springtime brings many welcome changes – the snow melts, the grass turns green, the trees become full with leaves, and the flowers bloom. But for 35 million people in the United States, springtime also brings an unwelcome change – seasonal allergy suffering. Itchy and watery eyes, runny noses, scratchy throats, as well as sinus pain and pressure are some of the more undesirable signs of spring. The most effective way to attain seasonal allergy relief is to minimize exposure to pollen and other allergy triggers. While it is impossible to change the amount of pollen and other allergens outside, you can improve the indoor air quality of your home, providing a healthy haven for yourself and your loved ones. Following a few, simple rules to promote clean air within your home will bring much needed allergy relief for the seasonal allergy sufferer in your family.
- Stay indoors with the windows and doors shut, as much as possible when the pollen count is high. Turn on the air conditioner if the house is too warm, rather than opening windows and using fans, which can circulate allergens around the home.
- If you must be outdoors for a prolonged amount of time when the pollen count is high, rinse off and change clothes upon returning indoors. This will help to keep any allergens you picked up outside from spreading around your home.
- Vacuum carpeted areas of your home regularly. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and/or allergen suppressing bags. Also vacuum upholstered furniture such as sofas and chairs. Dust and pollen settle into the fabric in carpet and furniture, and are stirred back into the air as you and your family move throughout your home.
- Dust hard surfaces regularly with a cloth that will trap dust particles, not a feather duster. Feather dusters push dust particles and other allergens around, releasing them back into the air. Likewise, use a swifter or vacuum to clean tile, laminate, and hardwood floors instead of a broom. Sweeping also stirs allergens back into the air.
- Wash your bed linens often and dry them in the clothes dryer. Pollen will settle on your clean laundry if you hang dry outside. You spend one-third of your life in bed. Make sure your bedding is allergen free.
- Run an air purifier equipped with a HEPA filter. A high quality HEPA air purifier will remove any allergens that you or your family have brought inside your home providing healthy, clean air – essential for allergy relief.
Good indoor air quality is crucial for anyone suffering from seasonal allergies, asthma, or chronic sinus problems. Making sure the air in your home is free of pollen and other allergy triggers is the most essential step you can take to promote allergy relief and overall health. The single most effective way to ensure good indoor air quality is through the use of a high quality HEPA air purifier. HEPA purifiers remove allergens such as pollen, dust, mold spores, and pet dander, from the air inside your home. They also remove airborne bacteria and viruses, leaving healthy, clean air inside your home.
While there is no cure for seasonal allergies, symptoms can be kept under control by minimizing exposure to pollen and other allergy triggers. If you or a family member is seeking allergy relief, do not delay in applying these practices to promote clean air inside your home. Improving the indoor air quality of your home is the single most important thing you can do to provide seasonal allergy relief.
- Administration Staff