Hello, Pollen Season! 3 Ways To Make Your Home A Safe Haven From Allergens

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Spring is a tough time for allergy sufferers. Wouldn't it be nice if you could step into your home and have a break from the wheezing, sneezing symptoms you experience outside this season? By following the three tips below, you can transform your home into a (nearly) allergen-free environment, giving you somewhere to escape on days when the pollen count climbs.

Tip #1: Adopt a shoes-stay-outside policy.

As you walk around outside, pollen sticks to the soles of your shoes and gets tracked into your home,  where it eventually works its way back into the air and gets circulated through your heating and cooling system. The best way to keep pollen outside is to keep your shoes outside. Set a mat on your porch or stoop, and make it the resting ground for shoes all summer long.

If you have dress shoes you like to wear to work, keep them in a separate bag and change into them when you get to work. Change out of them and into casual shoes (which you keep outside) again before you come home.

Tip #2: Have your ducts cleaned out as pollen season arrives.

Only do this once you have stopped wearing your shoes inside, so you're sure to remove as much pollen as possible. Call an HVAC specialist to clean out your duct work. Mention specifically that you are trying to remove pollen from your home, so the workers know to be especially thorough. With your ducts clean, you should experience far fewer symptoms since pollen is not being blown through the air all day.

If possible, leave your air conditioning and heating system off for a few days before the duct cleaning is scheduled. This gives the pollen time to settle, so more can be removed rather than staying suspended in the air.

Tip #3: Stay on top of dusting and vacuuming.

After you have your ducts cleaned, you'll want to vacuum and dust your home before turning the air conditioning back on. This way, you can suck up as much pollen as possible before it gets blown around again. Throughout allergy season, make sure you dust and vacuum at least once a week, if not more, so you remove pollen before it gets sucked into your ducts. If dusting and vacuuming activates your allergies, you may want to ask a non-allergic friend or family member to do it for you, or hire a cleaning service.

With the tips above, you can keep your home relatively allergen-free, so you always have somewhere to retreat when itching and sneezing start to get the best of you. Make sure all family members are on the same page when it comes to leaving shoes outside and vacuuming. 

For further assistance, contact a local janitorial service, such as Performance Plus.


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