Spring is just around the corner, and for a number of individuals, this means that seasonal allergies are just around the corner as well. When allergens invade your home, your home may not feel as comfortable as it should. In fact, you may feel just as miserable indoors as you do when you head outdoors. While it is impossible to keep allergens completely out of your home, you can reduce them, ensuring you have some relief during the springtime. Here are tips to help you out.
Filter Your Indoor Air
Your HVAC system comes equipped with a standard air filter, but if you upgrade it to a HEPA filter, it can keep the pollen and dust out of the home better. Therefore, you can live in a home with better indoor air quality.
Wash Up After Being Outside
Any time that you spend a considerable amount of time outside, especially if you are doing any kind of yardwork (like mowing), you should immediately place your clothes in the laundry and hop into the shower. This will ensure that you remove all of the allergens from your body before they have a chance to spread throughout the home.
Remove Your Shoes at the Door
Your shoes track in a significant amount of outdoor pollutants, debris, dirt, and bacteria. To prevent the spreading of grime and bacteria throughout the house, you should take your shoes off at your door. It is also a good idea to wipe off your pet's paws when they come in from outside as well.
Shower Before Going to Bed at Night
You may not realize it, but your hair holds onto dust and pollen, so when you lay your head down on your pillow at night, all of those allergens are just being transferred directly from your hair to your pillow where it can easily be breathed in through your nose and mouth or get into your eyes. This is why you often wake up and immediately experience allergy symptoms. So, to avoid this, take a shower before you go to bed at night so your hair is clean.
Wipe Down Your Vehicle Door Handles
When your vehicle is parked outside all day and night, it is going to get covered in pollen and other pollutants. So, before you grab ahold of the door handle, wipe it down. Then, once you get into the vehicle, clean your hands to ensure they do not have any pollen on them that can be transferred to other surfaces, including your face.
Hire a Cleaning Service
While you can take plenty of steps to reduce allergens, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service to come into your home throughout the spring season (and maybe all year) to help ensure that there is no buildup of allergens. This service can perform regular vacuuming, dusting, upholstery cleaning, and more.