Spring is here. Along with singing birds and blooming flowers, you’re also likely to notice the dreaded spring allergies Ohio is well-known for. Don’t fret! While allergies can be annoying if not debilitating, there are some things you can do as a homeowner to help reduce your symptoms. Here are a few ways to reduce spring allergies in your home this year.
Know The Symptoms of Springtime Allergies
While symptoms tend to vary from person to person, they can often include:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion (that can lead to sinus headaches)
- Itchy or sore throat (from the postnasal drip of a runny nose)
- Rashes or hives
Don’t Forget To Change Your Filters
You should get into the habit of changing out your air filters at least twice a year, depending on how often you use your HVAC system. Most people are recommended to change out their filters at the beginning of fall (before you start revving up the use of your heating system for winter) and at the beginning of spring (when you’re likely to start using your AC as summer approaches and the months get warmer).
If you or your family members struggle with allergies year-round, you may want to consider changing out your filters more often or switching to hypoallergenic filters that are better at filtering dust, pollen, and other allergens.
Know What Triggers Your Allergies
The first step to reduce spring allergies is to figure out what they are. You’ll likely need to seek help from a medical professional to find out what exactly you’re allergic to but some of the most common allergens and pollutants that affect those with allergies in the Dayton valley are:
- Pet dander
Once you know what triggers your allergies, you’ll be able to better prepare yourself for times when those allergens are more likely to be in the outside air. It’ll also tip you off as to when you should be changing out your air filter.
Invest Your Time Towards Spring Cleaning
One of the best ways to combat allergens from within, aside from changing your air filter, is to ensure your home is kept cleanly. Cleaning your home regularly can reduce or eliminate common allergens. It’s a good habit to get into as the weather gets warmer and you and your family travel outdoors and start bringing outdoor allergens and pollutants back inside.
Invest In A Dehumidifier
For those who are particularly sensitive to indoor allergens like mold or dust, dehumidifiers can help reduce symptoms.
Don’t Hang Your Clothes To Dry Outside
It may be tempting to save a few bucks by allowing your clothes to air dry outdoors but it’ll also cause that clothing to accumulate allergens that will further exacerbate allergies.
Having Troubles Reducing Spring Allergies?
The problem may be your HVAC system or the fact that you’re using a poor-fitting filter. Contact our HVAC team if you have any questions about what size filter you should use with your system.