The days are getting longer, and the temperatures are growing warmer. For many people, that can only mean one thing–allergy season is almost here. This year, prepare your home ahead of time for allergy season, so you don’t have to spend it sneezing, wheezing, and feeling miserable.
Pioneer Comfort has you covered with services to eliminate allergens in your home so you can enjoy spring instead of dreading it. In addition, here are our top tips for preparing your home for allergy season.
Make Your Home Mold Resistant
Mold can sneak into your home without you even knowing it. Unfortunately, having mold in your home can turbocharge your seasonal allergies.
Mold loves lurking in dark, damp spaces like the basement and under sinks. So check all areas in your home that could have leaks. In addition, inspect the ventilation in your bathrooms, laundry room, and kitchen.
These rooms are prone to mold because they have high humidity levels. You can lower the humidity levels with a dehumidifier. Aim to keep humidity levels around 30 to 60 percent throughout your home.
Change Your HVAC Filters
Can you remember the last time you changed your HVAC filters? If not, then it’s probably time. HVAC filters are excellent at trapping dust and other allergens that can cause an allergic reaction.
However, they need to be changed somewhat frequently; about every 90 days. For best results, go with a HEPA filter that can reduce several allergens in your home, including pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold spores, and dust.
Clean & Maintain Your HVAC System
After a long winter blasting the heat, your HVAC system can become clogged with dust and other debris. This can make your HVAC system inefficient. A clogged HVAC system can also lead to excess allergens getting blown into your home.
Once your HVAC system gets filled up, there’s nowhere for dust and debris to go but out! The result is poor air quality that can wreak havoc on your allergies. Fortunately, we have HVAC cleaning services that will get you breathing easy in no time.
Lock Pollen Out
It’s tempting to open all the windows and let the spring breeze fill your home with sunshine and warmth. Unfortunately, opening the windows may also allow pollen and other allergens into your home. If you suffer from allergies, you’re better off keeping your windows closed and pollen out.
Eat Allergy-fighting Foods
In addition to keeping your home free of pollen from the inside out, you can manage your allergies by being mindful of what you eat. Allergies are an inflammatory response to an invader. So, eating anti-inflammatory foods can help your body fight allergens without overreacting.
Some good foods to eat as allergy season approaches include fatty fish, pineapples, and apples. Incorporate these foods into your day to reduce your allergy symptoms, and speak to a dietician if necessary.
See Your Allergist
It’s a good idea to talk to an allergy specialist before allergy season. Medications like antihistamines often don’t work as effectively once your symptoms have set in. An allergist can develop a treatment plan that lets you enjoy spring.
HVAC Indoor Air Quality Testing in Knoxville
Don’t let allergies run spring for you and your family! Clear your home of mold, dust, and other debris now so you can breathe clean air. The good news is that you don’t have to do it all yourself.
Pioneer Comfort is here to improve your indoor air quality with services that remove mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and other allergens from your home in Knoxville. We want to help you keep your home allergen-free now and in the future. Contact us today to get started!