The spring season is finally upon us. The days get longer, the temperatures warm up, and spring allergens like pollen are back with a vengeance. If spring allergies are already getting the best of you, you’re in the right place. We’ll go over a few simple things you can do to keep those nasty allergens out of your home.
Kicking Spring Allergens to the Curb
Try the following five measures to keep spring allergies out of your home and away from your family.
- Close the Windows
We love the feeling of fresh spring air at night and in the morning as we wake up. After a long cold winter, you can finally open your windows again and give your HVAC system a rest. But, if you’re an allergy sufferer, you’ll need to keep those windows closed. Open windows give allergens free admission into your home. It takes a small gust of wind to usher millions of tiny allergens into your kitchen, bed, living room, and all other crevices of your home.
- Vacuum Regularly
You should aim to vacuum at least twice per week during high allergy seasons, like spring, as vacuuming helps keep allergens at bay. You’ll need to find certified asthma and allergy-friendly vacuum because low-quality vacuums can just spread dust throughout your home.
- Change Your Clothes When You Get Home
If you or your kids spend the day outside, allergens cling to your clothes. Then they are free to spread over the couch, beds, carpet, and anything else you touch. Changing as soon as you get home is crucial during the spring months. If you’re suffering badly from allergies, jumping in the shower or bath as soon as you get home and then changing into fresh clothes isn’t a bad idea.
- Wash Your Bedding
Dust mites love pillows and comfy beds almost as much as we do. So it’s essential to wash your pillowcases, sheets, and other bed coverings once a week in the spring months. If you have dry clean-only shams or comforters, the extra trip to the dry cleaners will be well worth it when you don’t wake up in a sneezing fit in the middle of the night.
- Change Your Air Filters
To get a fresh start for the new season, don’t forget to change your HVAC system’s air filters. When the filters get covered in gunk, they can easily spread allergens and other nasty stuff throughout the entire home’s ventilation system, triggering your allergies. Dirty air filters lower your indoor air quality and your HVAC system’s energy efficiency.
If you know how to change it yourself, go for it. But, if you’re more comfortable having a professional do it, call in the pros for a seasonal HVAC tune-up to ensure optimal functioning before you start running the A/C in heavy-duty mode throughout the summer months.
LifeStyle Homes Can Help
At LifeStyle Homes, we deploy LifeStyle HealthSmart technology and features to ensure clean air for a healthy lifestyle—several of which target allergens. Each of the features included in LifeStyle HealthSmart are intended to promote clean air inside the homes we build. Whether by inhibiting the growth of mold and mildew or blocking dust and debris from making their way indoors, we take many conscientious measures to keep your family healthy and comfortable inside your LifeStyle home.