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What can I do to help my indoor air quality during allergy season?

There are several great things that come with spring, including warmer weather and the ability to spend more time outside. But one item that can throw a wrench into enjoying the season is the presence of allergens. From runny noses to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can be a pest to any of your family members. And when you wake up with these symptoms instead of feeling like you’ve had a restful night’s sleep, you’re going to want seek out a solution.

And while we frequently think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can exist within the home. Many homeowners have become increasingly invested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s challenging to eliminate those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to reduce these contaminants in your home.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) notes the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:

  • Pets
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Soft furniture
  • Stuffed toys
  • Bedding
  • Damp areas
  • Indoor plants
  • Mattresses without allergy covers
  • Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water

The AAFA also shares a few steps to help you control allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers over all mattresses and pillows.
  • Wash your bedding once a week.
  • Vacuum one or two times a week.
  • Cover your garbage cans.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom.
  • Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from getting in the home.

Keeping your home clean and minimizing the opportunity for dust, pollen and other contaminants to enter the home will go a long way to improving your home comfort. Create a plan so that you can prepare your home and soak in the warmer temperatures.

Don’t make this allergy season harder than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can increase your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have any questions on how to tackle the quality of air in your home, give West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc. a call at 614-450-1575 to speak with one of our technicians.

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