If you suffer from allergies, springtime can be brutal. While everyone else gets to enjoy the great outdoors, you’re stuck inside with the windows and doors shut. But how’s the air inside your home?
There is a connection between spring allergies and indoor air quality. Pollen easily attaches itself to clothes and bodies, which means you likely bring it back into the house with you. However, there are steps you can take to control it.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “With aggressive cleaning, you can improve indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms.” Clean surfaces that attract allergens — like carpets, furniture, mattresses, pillows and bedding.
Run your air conditioner to reduce your home’s humidity and keep outdoor allergens outside. Be sure to set your air conditioner to recirculate in order to prevent pollen from entering. Keep windows and doors closed as well.
Vacuum and dust at least once a week as well. If cleaning causes a flare up in your symptoms, wear a dusk mask. You also may want to leave the house for a few hours when you’re done cleaning.