Simple Ways to Avoid Fall Allergies and Keep Your Health

Fall is a welcome sight in the Texas Panhandle for most of us, but if you suffer from allergies in the autumn, you may be dreading the approaching season. Don’t give up hope just yet, though. There are a number of ways to avoid fall allergies and alleviate symptoms in your home. These tips can help you breathe easy this fall so you can enjoy the cooler weather and changing foliage. Simple Ways to Avoid Fall Allergies and Keep Your Health

Control Allergens at the Source

Keeping allergens out of your home to begin with is your best defense when it comes to preventing allergy attacks.

  • Remove your shoes when you enter the home to avoid tracking in pollen, mold and other potent allergens.
  • Wipe your pet’s feet before letting him enter the home after doing his business outdoors.
  • Keep the windows closed and the A/C on to keep outdoor allergens from coming inside.

Clean the Air

Avoid fall allergies by keeping the air inside your home as clean as possible.

  • Check your HVAC air filter every month and replace it when it’s dirty to ensure it will trap as many allergens as possible.
  • Upgrade to the highest quality air filter that your residential system will accommodate. Typically, this means a filter rating of 12 on the minimum efficiency reporting value, or MERV, scale, which indicates a filter’s ability to trap a certain percentage of particles of a certain size.
  • Install a portable air cleaner in the bedroom to help remove more allergens so that you can breathe easy while you sleep. The lack of quality sleep can leave you more vulnerable to allergy symptoms.

Remove the Dust

The dust in the home contains a large number of potent allergens, from dust mites and mold spores to pollen and other allergy-inducing contaminants.

  • Vacuum at least twice weekly with a vacuum cleaner equipped with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Spend adequate time  vacuuming each square yard of carpeting.
  • Dust twice weekly with an electrostatic or microfiber dusting cloth.

To learn about other ways to avoid fall allergies, please contact us in the Amarillo area at Amarillo Air Conditioning.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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