Originally published in May 2017, updated in March 2020.
Warm weather and spring is on its way to our area in Arlington Heights, IL. While the warm weather is welcome, the season is bad news for anyone with springtime allergies. With high pollen and allergen 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 allergies and their symptoms.
Leave Triggers For Allergies 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 captures everything from pollen and animal dander to smoke and bacteria. It uses Captures and Kills™ technology to trap up to 95% of pathogens down to .30 micron in size, then uses an electrical charge to kill or make them inactive.
Your HVAC system cycles air throughout your home up to 8 times per hour. With a whole-home air purifier every cycle of air traps pollen, bacteria, viruses, animal dander, smoke, and other particulates in the air purifier filter. An electrical charge then bursts the cell walls of pathogens that are caught on the filter. Independent testing has proven effectiveness against 13 pathogens when using the Carrier Infinity Air Purifier.
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 give us a call.