The return of warm weather and longer daylight hours make spring a favorite season for many. But for those who suffer from severe spring allergies, this time of year is met with dread. Symptoms of allergies are widespread and can include itching eyes or nose, watering eyes, congestion, sneezing, and fatigue.
Fortunately, the HVAC experts at Blair’s Air have tips to control springtime allergies, so you can enjoy the new season of growth and renewal.
#1 Avoid the Outdoors During High Pollen Count Hours
Stay inside during the hours when pollen counts are highest, typically 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
#2 Leave Pollen at the Door to Alleviate Allergies
Add an entry mat outside your home’s main entry and leave your shoes at the front door. When you come inside for the day, take a shower, wash your hair and change your clothes. Also, be sure to keep your home and floors clean. Vacuum and mop as much as you can!
Use steam—either by taking a shower or holding your towel-covered head over a bowl of hot water—to loosen congestion and ease nasal congestion or sinus pressure. You can also use a Neti PotTM or saline spray to rinse pollen out of your sinus cavities and ease congestion.
#3 Dry Clothes Inside and Keep Windows Shut
Don’t hang laundry outside to dry or open windows to let in the breeze, as both will bring pollen into your house.
#4 Filter Indoor Air by Running Your AC
Keep the air in your home clean by running the air conditioner and keeping your windows closed. Also, turn on your dehumidifier if you own one. Humidity levels should be below 50 percent to kill dust mites, but above 30 percent to avoid making your home too arid and dry.
#5 Change Air Filters Regularly
Change the air filters on your home’s HVAC unit regularly, and let your maintenance professional know you have issues with allergies, so he can recommend a maintenance schedule.
Call Blair’s Air for Help With Your Tampa Bay Home’s Indoor Air
Since 1974, Blair’s Air Conditioning and Heating has proudly served St. Petersburg, Tampa and Clearwater home and business owners with HVAC and air quality jobs of all scopes and sizes. If you suffer from allergies and need your home’s indoor air quality (IAQ) assessed, one of our trained and experienced technicians is ready to resolve your discomfort issue right away. Call us today at (727) 800-4148, or schedule service online with our simple query form.