What can I do to help my indoor air quality during allergy season? 04/27/2018There are several great things that come with spring, including warmer weather and the ability to spend additional time outside. But one thing that can throw a wrench into enjoying the season is the presence of allergens. From runny noses to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can be a nuisance to any of your family members. And when you wake up with these symptoms instead of feeling like you’ve had a restful night’s sleep, you’re going to want to find a solution. And while we frequently think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can exist within your indoor space. Many homeowners have become increasingly invested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s difficult to remove those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to reduce these contaminants in your home. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) shares the following as the main sources of indoor allergens: Pets Wall-to-wall carpet Soft furniture Stuffed toys Bedding Damp areas Indoor plants Mattresses that don’t have allergy covers Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water The AAFA also offers a few steps to help you manage allergens in your home. Put plastic covers on your pillows and mattresses. Wash your bedding once a week. Vacuum one or two times a week. Cover your garbage cans. Keep pets out of the bedroom. Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from entering the home. Keeping your home clean and reducing the opportunity for dust, pollen and other contaminants to enter the home will go a long way to enhancing your home comfort. Make a checklist so that you can prepare your home and soak in the warmer temperatures. Don’t make this allergy season harder than it needs to be. If you would like more information on how you can improve your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have any questions on how to address the quality of air in your space, give Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at 661-437-3499 or schedule an appointment online to speak with one of our technicians.