When spring rolls around, seasonal allergies come with them. As a result, you may develop a runny nose, congestion, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes. You aren’t alone. Millions of others in Arlington Heights, Illinois and the rest of the country experience seasonal allergies too. Fortunately, you can take several measures to keep your allergy symptoms to a minimum.
Use the AC and Change the HVAC Filter Regularly
Letting fresh air into your home is an important part of improving the quality of your indoor air. While opening windows is one way to achieve that and keeps your house cool, it can worsen your spring allergies. Instead, you should turn on the AC.
Your HVAC system is equipped with filters that remove pollen from the air before it enters your home. Because of that, it’s essential that you replace the HVAC filter when it’s dirty. You may have to change it sooner than the manufacturer recommends.
Invest in New Ventilation and Air Purifiers
Another way to improve the quality of your indoor air is to install new ventilation equipment. It can bring fresh air into your home and condition it before introducing it into your home. In addition, air purifiers that use high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters are great for cleaning indoor air. You have the option of Installing a whole-home air cleaner inline with your HVAC system or a portable one for a single room use.
Other Measures to Improve Indoor Air Quality
Along with using HVAC and air-cleaning equipment, you can do several other things to reduce your allergy symptoms. Some of these measures include:
- Assign yard work and gardening tasks to others who don’t have seasonal allergies.
- Wear a pollen mask if you work outdoors.
- Remove the clothes that you wore outside, and take a shower to remove any remaining pollen from your hair and skin.
- Take off your shoes while you’re inside.
- Vacuum with a HEPA filter often.
- Wipe pets down when they come inside.
- Machine dry clothes rather than hang them outside.
Do you want to learn more about using your HVAC system and air cleaners to improve your spring allergies? More information is available from Martin Enterprises on the indoor air quality services page, or you can call (847) 232-4554.