Spring is here, and so are the allergies!
The days are getting longer, daylight saving time is about to happen, the birds are starting the chirp, the flowers are waking up, and my spring fever is at its height.
However, here comes hayfever and pollen. Yuck!
What are the best actions that you can take to keep your allergies in check during spring?
1) Keep your windows closed. The Upstate of South Carolina ranks in the top worst places in the nation when considering allergens. We are located where The Piedmont and the beautiful mountains meet. This gives us more variety in the types of grasses, trees, and weeds. We have more diverse pollens than other areas of the state. By keeping your window shut you are keeping out thousands of small airborne allergens. It will be tempting when the days are cool and comfortable to air out your home, but by doing so, you will be letting in all the things that most people have allergies to.
2) Clean your ductwork and install better air filters. Most people have never cleaned their air ducts or have not done so in the last five years. When your ductwork is clean you are removing years of pollen, human and/ or pet dander, dust, and other allergens. Many people who do clean their ductwork never upgrade their filtration system. This means the moment we have finished cleaning the air ducts, you are starting to contaminate the ductwork once again. By upgrading to a whole house hypo allergenic filter you will keep your ductwork cleaner and your heating and air-conditioning system then becomes an air filtration cleaning unit removing the pollen, dander, dust, and other allergens from the air within your home.
3) Use fans. If you have a whole house Hypo allergenic filter system with your ductwork then turn the fan in the on position at your heating and air-conditioning unit. The spring means we don’t need to use the heat or the air conditioning and most people do their best to save money by not using their HVAC system. But if there is no air circulating across your air filter, then no filtration of the air is occurring. Therefore, if you at least circulate the air through the heating and air system where you filter is located the filter can do it’s job of removing allergens. After all, why have a hypoallergenic filter if it is not removing allergens from the air? Running the fan uses very little energy in comparison to heating or cooling your home.
4) Use HEPA room air filtration units. If you or your child has more extreme allergies, using a quality plug-in room style hepa air filter where you sleep will do the most good. These units can remove 99.97% of all outdoor allergens. If your body can recuperate each night from the allergens it is exposed to when moving through the outside world, it can at least do it’s best to keep your immune system as healthy as possible.
You may not be able to get through the spring with no allergies, but the less you suffer from allergies the better.
Carolina Air Care can help you get your home Spring- Ready! Get ahead of your allergies- schedule your appointment for Air Duct Cleaning today!