Win the Battle Against Spring Allergies with Better Indoor Air Quality
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The warm weather sure is nice after a long, cold winter. All around us, the trees are starting to bud, flowers bloom, and grass grow – unfortunately, these tell-tale signs of spring also mean allergens. As spring allergies reach their peak, clear the air in your home to minimize troublesome symptoms.
Better indoor air quality (IAQ) reduces the number of allergens you’re exposed to, creating a healthier indoor environment that limits your allergy symptoms. May is National Asthma and Allergies Awareness Month, and now is the perfect time to rethink your air to improve wellbeing inside the home.
Why Are Spring Allergies So Bothersome Inside the Home?
Grass, trees, and all of these pollen producers exist outside – so why are allergens a problem inside the home? Pollen travels indoors through many means, through your open windows as you enjoy the spring breeze, on your shoes and clothes when you come inside, even on your dog after a roll in the grass on a warm day.
Once pollen and other allergens are in the home, they don’t stop at the door. Air is constantly circulating through your home via your heating and cooling system – these microscopic airborne particles move from one area to the next, spreading throughout your living areas.
Fight Allergens Indoors
Fighting the battle against allergens inside your home is a two-part strategy: allow less allergens in and remove the ones circulating indoors.
Step One: Keep More Allergens Outside
Some easy changes in your habits help prevent more allergens from entering your home:
- Avoid spending time outdoors during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon when pollen counts are high
- Take your shoes off outside
- If shoes are worn in the home, use one doormat outside and one inside to help catch allergen particles from footwear
- After spending time outdoors, immediately change clothes. When you do laundry, make sure you dry them in the dryer and don’t hang them outside where they will pick up more allergen particles
- Take a shower once you come in to remove allergens from your hair and body
- Keep windows and doors closed, using your cooling system for comfortable temperatures – if you want to enjoy a natural breeze, only do so when the pollen counts is low
- Seal gaps and cracks around windows, doors, and any exterior wall penetrations to prevent outside air from entering your home
Step Two: Remove Allergens in the Home
It’s inevitable that some allergens will make their way inside your home. Limit them by removing them regularly, as well as cleaning the items that hold them in:
- Vacuum and dust all surfaces in your home on a regular basis – a vacuum with a filter prevents the allergens from blowing around during cleaning
- Put away your rugs, as these floor coverings harbor a great number of allergens in the home
- Wash bedding, window coverings, and other linens regularly in hot water to remove allergen particles
- Limit your use of ceiling fans, which create a breeze that disturbs allergen particles resting on surfaces
- Give your pets a bath weekly to remove pollen from their fur
- Change your furnace filter regularly
- Use an air purification system that works with your air conditioner to remove allergens circulating in your air
HVAC Solutions That Limit Allergens
With your windows and doors closed to keep allergens out, you’ll use your cooling system to keep your home comfortable. As allergens can spread throughout the home via air circulation, implementing a line of defense that works with your cooling system is a smart solution. Rethink your air and how it moves through your home – use it to your advantage to extract the bothersome allergens that negatively affect your family.
An air purification system is a great place to start. Air purification systems remove allergens and other contaminants as air circulates throughout your HVAC system. The PureAir™ S air purification system from the Dave Lennox Signature® Collection cleans the air in your home better than any other single system you can buy. The PureAir S air purification system is a smart whole-home solution that combats all three major types of indoor air contaminants and removes 99.9% of mold spores, pollen, dust, and pet dander. The Dave Lennox Signature Collection is the ultimate in creating the ideal home. From supreme efficiency to unprecedented performance, this product family delivers incomparable comfort.
Moisture is also an issue when it comes to airborne allergens and other contaminants. Humid air can create conditions inside the home that cause mold and mildew growth. It also increases the level of dust mites and other allergens in your air. Installing a whole-home dehumidifier keeps indoor air at appropriate relative humidity levels – between 40 and 50 percent. These systems work with your air conditioner, extracting excess moisture from the air that flows through the system.
With spring allergies peaking, it’s time to take action to keep your family breathing healthier, cleaner air. With some simple changes and whole-home indoor air quality solutions, you can reduce allergens indoors and limit bothersome spring allergy symptoms.
Learn more about IAQ solutions that keep indoor allergens at bay – contact a Lennox® dealer for more information and to schedule a consultation today.