Everyone loves spring, with its warmer weather, sunny skies and burst of green. But for some of us, that flush of new growth has a down side as plants produce pollen and allergy sufferers brace themselves for the season ahead. There are ways to get through the season with less suffering: try out some of these allergy tips and see how they work for you.
Upgrade Your Air Filter
Your air filter can be a key means for controlling pollen and other allergens in your home—but only if it’s good quality. Cheap fiberglass filters aren’t effective at trapping pollen and other pollutants,, so choose one rated 8-12 on the MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) scale to do the job. Change the filter at least every three months, or more often if the filter seems to get dirty quickly.
Contain Pollen in Your Home
Pollen can get into your home in a number of ways. People and pets bring it indoors, so brush off both, or ask the humans to change their clothes upon entering the home. If you have pollen-bearing plants in your home, contain them in one room, and keep the door closed while they’re blooming. Keep windows and doors closed until the pollen you’re allergic to is gone.
Clean Your House Often
Frequent cleaning will help get rid of pollen and other irritating particles in your home. Vacuum with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter, dust with a microstatic cloth and clean hard floors with a damp mop.
Consider an Air Purifier
There are a number of different types of air cleaners, also called air purifiers. One type that might be effective in your home at trapping pollen particles is the electronic filter. These filters use an electrical charge to attract allergens and trap them on collection plates. The plates have to be cleaned periodically to be effective. Electronic filters may be installed as whole house air cleaners in the HVAC system, or are available as portable models.
For more allergy tips, contact Cool Power. We’ve served the Long Island area since 1976.
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