Ah, spring. The birds are singing, the air is warm and the flowers and trees are starting to bloom. And for some, there’s the added joy of extended sneezing fits, plugged up sinuses, trash cans filled with used tissue, and allergy medication. As wonderful as spring can be, it can also be a horrific time of year for those who are allergic to certain types of pollen.
For those with severe springtime allergies, here are some ways to minimize their effects:
- Stay indoors. Unfortunately, there’s all that pollen outside and staying inside reduces the amount you’re exposed to.
- Use the air conditioning in your car and in your home and prevent outside air from getting in. This puts at least some filtration in place between the outside air and your sinuses. By opening your window for air circulation or a cooling breeze, you’re also letting in the pollen.
- Use HEPA filters wherever possible. High-efficiency particulate air filters are designed to catch more types of dust and pollen than standard filters are which reduces the pollen that moves around your home. Use these in vacuum cleaners, air conditioners and whole home HVAC systems to eliminate as much pollen as possible. (Be aware, most whole house HVAC systems require significant adjustments to work with HEPA filters.)
- Follow regular maintenance schedules for your room air conditioners and HVAC system. This includes changing the filters on a regular basis to maintain effectiveness.
- Watch your local TV news and weather forecasts. Many of these now include pollen forecasts which enable you to take your allergy medication before pollen counts rise.
While you may still suffer from springtime allergies, doing your part to minimize your exposure can help. Contacting a great HVAC company to make sure your home is prepared for spring can make the difference in whether you simply suffer through it or actually get to enjoy it.
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