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Thanks to an unusually mild winter, warm weather and spring is well under way. While the warm weather is welcome, the jumpstarted season is bad news for anyone with springtime allergies. With high pollen and mold counts expected for months to come, minimizing allergens inside your home is essential. These proven methods can help improve the indoor air quality in your home and alleviate your symptoms.

Leave Your Allergy Triggers Outside

It’s hard not to track allergens indoors. The sneeze-inducing substances cling like magnets to clothing, shoes, bags and even your hair. Setting up a parking spot for your belongings in your entryway helps confine them to one location. Other effective strategies include:

  • Avoid outdoor activities in the early morning when pollen counts are high.
  • Take a shower to rinse away irritants after spending time outside.
  • Use a clothes dryer rather than hanging items outdoors to dry.
  • Brush or wash pets after outdoor excursions.

Allergens enter your home through air infiltration too. Any difference in air pressure between indoors and outdoors can force contaminants through cracks in your home’s exterior. Sealing leaks in walls, floors and ceilings will help keep allergy triggers outside.

Close the Windows: Turn on the AC

Keeping your windows open is a surefire way to worsen allergy symptoms. Use your air conditioner instead and change the air filter whenever it looks dirty. If you haven’t already done so, schedule preventive maintenance service as well to ensure that everything is operating cleanly.

Whole-Home Air Purifiers

When it comes to keeping the air you breathe clean and healthy, it’s hard to beat a whole-house air purifier. These ingenious devices work in tandem with your central HVAC systems to filter the air as it moves through the ductwork. Products like Carrier’s award-winning Infinity Air Purifier capture everything from pollen and animal dander to smoke and bacteria.

Serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Martin Enterprises offers a range of products that help minimize springtime allergies. To learn more, explore our Indoor Air Quality Solutions or call (847) 719-8442.