When you live in the Twin Cities, chances are you look forward to spring’s arrival after months of dealing with cold, dreary, winter weather. If you have seasonal allergies, though, those allergies can really put a damper on spring’s much-anticipated sunnier, warmer days.
Luckily, it’s not too difficult to manage seasonal allergy symptoms when you take a multi-pronged approach. Here are three tips to help you control your allergies both outdoors and inside your home.
Shower After Spending Time Outdoors
Pollen granules are incredibly lightweight and can easily stick to your clothing, shoes, and even to your hair and skin when you’re outdoors. When you enter your home, you carry those stuck-on granules with you, and if you don’t get them off, they’ll exacerbate your allergies.
To control the amount of pollen you bring indoors, be sure to remove your clothing and shoes when you come inside your house. Toss your clothes in the wash and, ideally, keep your shoes just outside your door. Hop in the shower to get those tiny pollen granules out of your hair and off your skin. If you do this daily, chances are you’ll notice an improvement in your allergy symptoms.
Get Your Air Ducts Cleaned
If you haven’t historically made a habit of removing your clothes and shoes and taking a shower after you’ve been outdoors, you’ve likely brought tons of pollen inside your home. And while some of that pollen may settle in your living spaces, a lot of it can end up inside your air vents. Each time your HVAC system kicks on, it may be recirculating those pollen granules into the air you breathe, which can cause your allergies to continually act up.
You can solve this issue pretty easily by scheduling a professional duct cleaning appointment. Pro duct cleaning specialists use a variety of specialized cleaning tools and techniques to rid your ductwork of dust, debris, and allergens that naturally accumulate over time.
Check out Can Duct Cleaning Help Control Spring Allergies? for more info on how getting your air ducts cleaned can help improve your symptoms.
Use an Air Purification System
If there are allergens inside your house, there’s a good chance many of those allergens are floating around in the air you breathe. Although your HVAC filter can trap some of those allergens, it can only trap the ones that come into contact with it. The other particles floating around in your indoor air will continue to exacerbate your allergy symptoms until they’re removed.
How do you remove airborne allergens effectively? With an air purification system. Depending on your needs and budget, you may want to opt for portable air purifiers first to see if they work for you. Or, you can have a whole-house air purification system professionally installed into your HVAC system, which will filter allergens from every room in your home.
For tips on choosing the right system for your home, check out Air Purification Systems: Which Type Is Best for Your Home?
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If you or any members of your household live with seasonal allergies, let our team at Dust Doctors help you clean up your indoor air and get those symptoms under control! We specialize in comprehensive duct cleaning, air purification system installation, and HVAC cleaning and maintenance for homeowners in Little Canada, MN, and the surrounding Minneapolis/St. Paul metro.
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