The spring season is here on Daniel Island, SC, which means we’ve traded our coats and boots for shorts and sandals. But the warming temperatures and the reemergence of plant life also brings allergies, and allergens can not only affect us outdoors, but indoors, too.
There are a few steps you can take inside your home to help tamp down the effects these allergens have on you and your family. By taking these steps to improve your home’s indoor air quality, you have a better chance at getting through spring unaffected.
Check your air filter
Your air filter is built to trap allergens, but over time, it can reach its limit. When your air filter is dirty, it tends to spread that dirt and debris around your home, causing your indoor air quality to take a hit. The dust mites you and your family are exposed to when your air filter is dirty can not only bring on allergies, but also make you more susceptible to other illnesses. Be sure to check your air filter at least once a month.
Keep the proper humidity
When your home’s humidity is too low, side effects not only include dry skin, but irritated sinuses. When combined with the allergens that could already be floating around outside and in your home, irritated sinuses can make your suffering even worse. Take care to keep your home’s humidity between 30 percent and 50 percent.
At the height of pollen season, take shoes off outside and leave them outside. Remove any jackets outside and store them in a closet away from other clothes. Shower before going to bed to remove pollen or other irritants from hair and skin. You may also find that additional cleaning, dusting and vacuuming will help keep pollen out of your home and those suffering from allergies to be more comfortable.