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Spring Allergy Tips

Spring is synonymous with pollen and allergy season. It is estimated that 54% of the US population has a reaction to at least one allergen. While dust mites, pet dander and moldcan show up year round, it is the introduction of pollen from ragweed, bermuda grass and oak trees that capture much of the attention.

So, here is how to breathe easier this spring:

  1. Prior to entering your house, take off your shoes and brush the pollen out of your hair and clothes.
  2. Clean the inside air with HEPA filtrationto capture any remaining microscopic particles. It is the smallest of particles that stay suspended in the air the longest and they are the one's that can be breathed into your lungs and create respiratory issues.
  3. Check the AQI (Air Quality Index). Keep the windows closed on days when the pollen count is high.
  4. Manage humidity levels between 35%-50%. Humidity levels tend to rise with warmer temperatures so be sure to run your air conditioner or dehumidifier. Above 65% relative humidity, mold can grow just from the moisture content of the air. Be sure to empty the dehumidifier often to prevent mold and bacteria growth.
  5. Vacuum with a high efficiency vacuum system. Some of the newer models also help to filter the air while you're vacuuming.
  6. Keep trees and shrubs 3 feet or more from the sides of your house and make sure water flows away from your house to prevent mold growth.
  7. Regularly change your furnace filters to reduce dust levels.