The spring is finally here and the majority of people are happy about the weather change. However, with the bright sunshine and green leaves, some of us face a hated enemy – allergies. Pollen starts showing its ugly head in March and may not let go until November. What are the simplest yet highly effective ways to deal with it this spring? Let’s take a look.
Pollen settles on your windows and makes its way into the house every time you open them. Some people believe that fighting pollen involves keeping the windows shut. While you may keep the pollen out by closing windows, you are contributing to the formation of other hazardous air contaminants. Besides allergies, they may cause respiratory problems. Wash your windows on a regular basis to avoid pollen getting into your home. You can schedule sessions in the spring and summer to keep the levels low. In-between the professional cleanings, you can wash the frames and windowsills.
- Use HEPA Filters
HEPA filters are designed to filter out particles 0.3 microns in diameter. Meaning, they keep the air in your home clear of tiny contaminants, such as pet dander, dust mites, and most importantly, pollen. You can reduce the number of contaminants in the air by investing in an air purifier and a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filters. Always empty the vacuum bag or dust compartment outdoors.
- Take A Shower Before Bed
Some people leave the shower for the morning time, thus bringing all the pollen their bodies have collected to bed with them. The best pollen collector is your hair. So make it a habit to take an extensive shower before going to bed. In order to reduce the amount of pollen you bring into your house, take off the shoes and outerwear right after entering. Don’t bring them to your bedrooms or living room.
- Clean Your Pets
While your hair is an excellent pollen magnet, so is your pet’s fur and paws. Ideally, you should keep the pets outside during the pollen season. But if the weather gets cold, you must clean your cats and dogs as thoroughly as possible after each walk in order to reduce the chance of spreading pollen all over your house.
- Power Wash The Porch
You can get rid of the pollen outside your home by power washing the porch and the driveway. While it’s a short-term solution, it can help you enjoy an outdoor party or a barbecue without too much pollen getting in your way. Enjoy this wonderful time of the year!