Ah, the signs of spring. The weather is warmer, the grass is greener, pollen is wreaking havoc on your senses. As much as we love this time of year, it’s code red for allergy sufferers. In fact, a few years back, Forbes ranked Knoxville number one on their Ten Worst Cities For Allergies list. Though it’s impossible to completely save yourself from pollen and other allergy-inducing offenders, you can limit your exposure and create a safer haven. These are the five steps that could help reduce allergens in your home.
Before you go on that morning run, keep in mind that plants and trees emit most of their pollen in the morning hours. Simply adjusting the time you go outdoors could go a long way in easing your symptoms. When it’s unavoidable, wear pants, long-sleeved shirts and sunglasses to reduce allergens coming into contact with your eyes and skin. Be sure to shower after prolonged periods of times outdoors. Don’t forget, your four-legged friends need a weekly wash, too. Pets exploring outdoors can carry pollen, dirt and dander in their fur, which in turn, is brought inside your home.
Dust, dirt, pet dander and pollen can take up residence in your carpet by clinging to carpet fibers. Vacuuming helps, but if you were on the fence about switching to solid-surface flooring like wood or tile, you may want to go ahead and make the switch.
Have your AC checked
Having your AC system checked does more than just save you money, it is a big help in reducing allergens in your home, too. Over time, dust and dirt collect inside your system, reducing its ability to adequately clean the air. This one goes without saying, but be sure to replace your air filter regularly and keep you vents free of dust. Many experts recommend changing your air filters every three months, but some factors could warrant a sooner switch.
Reduce mold and mildew
Pollen isn’t the only offender wreaking havoc on your senses. Mold and mildew contribute their fair share to the damage, too. When it’s more humid, there is a higher likelihood of mold and mildew buildup. Consider purchasing a dehumidifier for your home and be sure to scrub your tub and shower regularly. Have a professional check your house for common water leaks, as damaged walls and flooring can harbor mold and mildew.
Check your bedding
That monster under the bed is dust mites, and even worse, he’s made his way into your bedding. Besides regularly washing your blankets and pillows, consider switching to dust mite-proof or hypoallergenic covers. And even though those thirty or so pillows look nice stacked on the bed, anything extra in the room is liable to house allergens. Regularly wipe your picture frames and furniture with a damp cloth and check dust buildup on your ceiling fans as well.
We’re curious what extra steps you may take to reduce allergens in your home. Feel free to comment on this post and let us know! Keep in mind, our Turner Concierge professionals can help with everything from checking your AC and fixing water leaks to organizing your space and replacing your carpet. Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can reduce your allergy suffering this spring.