What can I do to help my indoor air quality during allergy season?

Air Quality

There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temps and the ability to spend a greater amount of time outside. But one factor that can throw a wrench into enjoying the season is the presence of allergens. From runny noses to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can be a pest to any of your family members. And when you wake up with these symptoms instead of feeling like you’ve had a restful night’s sleep, you’re going to want to find a solution.

And while we typically think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can reside within your house. Many homeowners have become increasingly invested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s challenging to remove those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to reduce these contaminants in your home.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) identifies the following as the main sources of indoor allergens:

  • Pets
  • Wall-to-wall carpet
  • Soft furniture
  • Stuffed toys
  • Bedding
  • Damp areas
  • Indoor plants
  • Mattresses that aren’t in allergy covers
  • Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water

The AAFA also provides a few steps to help you reduce allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers on the mattresses and pillows.
  • Wash your bedding every week.
  • Vacuum once or twice during the week.
  • Cover your garbage cans.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom.
  • Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from getting in the home.

Keeping your home clean and minimizing the opportunity for dust, pollen and other contaminants to enter the home will go a long way to improving your home comfort. Put a plan in place so that you can prepare your home and get back to enjoying the warmer temperatures.

Don’t make this allergy season more difficult than it needs to be. If you would like more information on how you can enhance your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have any questions on how to address the quality of air in your home, give WM J Kraus & Son a call at 319-524-3714 to speak with one of our experts.

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