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Summer is just around the corner, and with the plentiful sunshine and sweltering heat also comes seasonal allergies. One of the main causes of these allergies is air-borne pollen that finds its way into our homes. Other indoor allergens include dust mites, pet hair, mold, and mildew, each of which shows up in different seasons.
Allergy symptoms of pollen allergies include hay fever, itchy throats, sneezing, and runny noses. In some cases, pollen can even cause asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended three different ways to prevent pollen allergies: keep your homes well ventilated, use an air purifier or air cleaner and remove indoor allergens.
We’re going to discuss how you can get rid of pollen and allergy-proof your home.
Keep a clean bed
When pollen counts are particularly high, pollen can settle on your bedsheets and blankets, causing you to have allergic reactions when you go to bed and disrupting your sleep cycle.
To avoid this, make sure you wash your sheets and blankets at least once a week, if not more regularly.
Another thing that can prevent pollen from getting into your bed is to use zipper covers for the bed and for your pillows instead of regular ones. These are more effective in preventing pollen, dust mites, and other allergens from burrowing into your bed.
Avoid open windows
Open windows are how pollen finds its way into our homes most often. If you live in an area where the amount of pollen in the air is high during the summers, you may be better off without depending on open windows for fresh air. Instead, rely more on your home’s air conditioning system.
Keep footwear out
If you or anyone else in your home is showing signs of being affected by pollen, such as asthma or a constant cold, one of the best ways to control the number of allergens that enter the house is by leaving footwear outside.
Make sure everyone leaves their footwear on the porch or outside the front door before they enter the house. That way, the amount of pollen being brought into the house is greatly reduced.
This can be reduced even further by simply placing doormats both inside and outside the main door. That way, there are two measures in place to capture loose pollen before it enters the house.
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Shower when you get home
If you’ve had a busy day outdoors, the chances of pollen entering your home clinging to your skin and to your clothes are very high. To avoid this from transferring onto your furniture and getting airborne, the prudent thing to do is to put your clothes in the washing machine and have a quick shower as soon as you get back home.
Choose the right filter
Irrespective of whether it is your air purifier or your vacuum cleaner, always choose one that comes with a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate arresting. HEPA filters can capture as much as 99.97% of all particulate matter that is 0.3 microns or larger, making them a useful weapon in the battle against pollen.
Clean your home frequently
Cleaning every part of your home during pollen seasons is a must.
Remember to vacuum clean your home at least once a week. If you have a bagless vacuum cleaner, be sure to empty the canister outdoors. That way, the dust, and pollen cannot take to the air and settle in your house once more.
Curtains need to be taken down and washed regularly. The pollen settles on them, as it does on ceiling fans and blinds. Be sure you clean them regularly.
Remember that dust and pollen settle on higher surfaces and then find their way down. So always dust your home from the top downwards. Using a damp microfiber cloth will ensure the pollen does not escape.
Wearing a mask while cleaning your house is an absolute must. The last thing you want to do is breathe in these allergens inadvertently.
All seasons require care
Every season brings with it its own set of allergens and diseases. The spring brings tree pollen, summers have grass pollen, fall has weed pollen and the damp winters bring mold and mildew. This means you need to adapt a cleaning and home care routine that reflects the change in seasons and controls allergens accordingly in order to maintain a healthy household.