Spring is a beautiful time of the year! Especially in the Anaheim area. Plants are in full bloom, the weather feels great, and you can start enjoying the outdoor hobbies that you put on hold all winter long! Everything is perfect, except the constant sneezing, coughing, and watery, itchy eyes. It’s those pesky spring allergies that you can’t seem to get under control indoors or out. We’re here to help with ten tips to combat allergies this season.
Be aware of your local pollen count – Pollen is one of the many environmental contaminants that aggravate spring allergies. Check your local news station or your favorite weather website for your local pollen count. The higher the pollen count, the more severe your allergies could be, so be sure to check your local pollen count before heading out!
If you can’t limit your time outdoors, or you want to enjoy a round of golf or a baseball game, bring your A-game, and when we say A, we mean antihistamine. Antihistamines fight the histamines that are produced by pollen and other allergens.
Keep your doors and windows shut – It’s a beautiful day out, and you want to let in the cool breeze or enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of spring. Well, not so quick! Don’t bring the outside inside. Keep your doors and windows shut to prevent allergens from entering your home and worsening your symptoms. Reducing your exposure to allergens is key to combatting your spring allergies.
Get your Air ducts cleaned – your air ducts move heated or cooled air through your home, and if they are filled with allergens, you don’t want to continue to recirculate them throughout your home. Dirty air ducts can be a significant contributor to your spring allergies.
Select a proper air filter for your HVAC unit – when you go to your local hardware store and head to the air filter aisle, it can be confusing. It can be hard to choose with so many sizes, numbers, and various other choices. If you or someone in your home suffers from spring allergies, you will want to know what a MERV rating is. The MERV rating is the number on the air filter. MERV ratings range from 1-20. Filters with a MERV rating of 13-20 are usually found in places that require sterile environments like hospitals, scientific labs, or nuclear power plants. Getting a filter with a MERV rating between 8 and 13 is ideal for your home as those are the most effective at filtering out common allergens.
Invest in an air purifier – in an age of high-tech air conditioners, and you may be wondering why you’d opt-in for an air purifier. The answer is in the proof. Breathe easier feel healthier with an air purifier as it eliminates allergens and contaminants in your home.
Clean more frequently – before you get the broom and dustpan out of the closet, you may want to rethink that. Brooms do nothing more than scatter dust and dirt around in the air (and up your nose). Vacuuming is the way to go. Tackle pesky dust mites regularly to help free your home of allergy triggers.
Keep your home dry – When you avoid adding moisture around the bathroom, kitchen, and other areas with a lot of water, it can help reduce mold. Some ways to do this are by running your showers for shorter periods or using dehumidifiers that remove dust mites from rooms too!
Don’t let allergies ruin your fun this spring. Avis Home Solutions is here to help! We provide comprehensive air filtration and air purification systems. You deserve a home that’s comfortable and free from threatening contaminants. Call us at 949-328-3374!