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Getting Your Home Ready for Allergy Season

Allergy season can be difficult for many but there are things you can do to make it easier.

Allergy season can be difficult for many people. From runny noses, hives, and even pain, allergy symptoms can make people dread springtime. We may not be able to stop the pollen and allergens in the outdoors, but there are things that we can do to get our living spaces ready for allergy season.

 

What Causes Allergy Season?

Allergies affect more than 50 million Americans each year. While some experience symptoms year-round, others experience seasonal allergies in the spring, summer, or fall. Starting in spring, trees and flowers will begin to pollinate. The pollen produced by these plants will then be picked up and carried by the wind and other pollinators to help the plant reproduce. During this process, pollen counts in the air will be higher, in addition to dust. These factors are what lead to the allergy season.

 

Protecting Your Home from Allergy Season

Though we may not be able to stop allergy season from coming, there are some things we can do in our living spaces to lessen its effects.

 

Regularly Clean Your Home

Dust is one of the biggest causes of allergies, especially in Arizona. Cleaning once or twice a week can reduce the amount of dust and allergens inside your home. Wiping down surfaces with a cleaning product will help get rid of the dust and also protect your surfaces. Vacuuming will also be important for removing dust and other allergens. Make sure when you empty the vacuum, you do it outside.

 

Be Conscious of Your Interior Design Choices

Allergens are attracted to some materials and surfaces more than others. If you experience symptoms during allergy season, consider that possibility when choosing furniture, window coverings, and flooring. Upholstery, drapes, and carpet will all attract and hold allergens more than some of their counterparts. Leather or vinyl furniture, metal blinds, and bare floors are the best options for an allergy-free home.

 

It’s not just the big interior design choices that can hold dust and allergens either. When decorating, less is the better option when it comes to avoiding your allergies. Cluttered areas will hide more dust and be harder to clean than a more open space.

 

Invest in an Air Purifier

An air purifier does exactly what its name implies. This technology takes the air in your living space and will remove and sanitize the particles in it. The particles that an air purifier removes will depend on the type you choose but adding one to your home can be an effective way to fight off allergy season.

 

Update Your Air Filters

One of the most effective ways to reduce the number of allergens in your home is to use air filters on your AC vents. Not all air filters are built equally, though, and some are more effective than others. When choosing an air filter, consider the MERV rating first. The MERV rating scale ranges from 1 to 16, with the higher ratings filtering a wider variety of particles. To keep your air filters effective, it is important to remember to replace them as directed. Most filters should be replaced every 30 to 90 days.

 

These small changes can make all the difference when protecting your home during allergy season. If you need a little extra help, Mason Pro Services is here for you. We offer a variety of services to improve the air quality in your home. Regular HVAC maintenance from experienced technicians can help keep you and your unit healthy and running all year long. Contact us today to start working towards better air quality in your living space.