They say April showers bring May flowers, but they forget to mention the seasonal allergies. If you’re like us, you’ve been eagerly awaiting the warmer weather of spring, but wish there were some options to help with the side effects of all those blooming flowers and trees. That’s why we came up with a few simple tips to help reduce allergens in your home, allowing you to more fully enjoy the season!
1. Change Your HVAC Filters
Most of us tend to use our HVAC unit year round, so to prevent inefficiency caused by excessive use it’s best to change the HVAC filter at least every three months. This is especially important if you have pets!
2. Keep Windows Closed
Although it’s tempting to let the fresh air in, opening windows and doors is one of the biggest mistakes allergy-prone homeowners can make. By keeping them closed, the wind won’t be able to carry pollen into your home. Try using the air conditioner to circulate the air instead.
3. Check Footwear at the Door
Our shoes go pretty much everywhere we go – which includes the pollen-covered outdoors! By ditching them as soon as you get home, you can reduce the amount of pollen hitchhiking its way throughout your home.
4. Place Welcome Mats by Entryways
Placing welcome mats both inside and outside your exterior doors helps trap any extra pollen that could get in before you have a chance to take your shoes off. It can also catch some of the pollen that is riding in on the door draft.
5. Adjust the Thermostat
Higher humidity levels are perfect for breeding dust mites and other bacteria that entice allergies. By setting your thermostat between 60-70 degrees or under 60% humidity, you can reduce this occurrence and even save on heating costs!