Unfortunately it’s allergy season, and many of us here at P.J. Fitzpatrick are suffering from the sneezing, watery eyes, and runny nose symptoms that come with it. In addition to allergy medication, there are ways to help you reduce your allergies at home, such as:
If your windows are old and drafty, they could be letting in seasonal allergens. In addition, drafty windows can allow warm air into your home and cause your air conditioner to work harder in order to keep your home comfortable. We specialize in replacement windows for Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania homes that can not only reduce your allergies, but save money on your energy bills.
Use Your Dryer
If you’re someone who likes to dry their clothes outside on a clothing line, refrain from doing so during the springtime. Pollen can collect on your clothing and make allergies worse, so use your clothing dryer instead.
Change Your HVAC Filter
Your HVAC filter is working hard to eliminate dust, dirt, and allergens from the air that you breathe, so keep it clean by changing it on a regular basis. While it’s common to change it every three months or so, you may have to change it more often during the spring and summer.
If you have carpeting, pollen can easily settle into it and stick around for you to kick up and breathe later. Make sure you vacuum your carpet on a regular basis to remove any airborne particles. If you have area rugs, it’s a good idea to remove them and store them in a closet until allergy season subsides.
Leave Your Shoes
When you wear shoes outside during allergy season, they can easily collect pollen, which can then be brought into your home. To prevent more allergens than usual, leave your shoes outside or take them off and leave them at the door before you walk around your home.
Just like pollen can settle into your carpeting, it can also settle onto your furniture. Before you vacuum, be sure to thoroughly dust surfaces like tables, lamps, couches, chairs, shelves, and more to remove as much pollen as possible. Anything that you knock down onto the floor will be vacuumed up.