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What can I do to help my indoor air quality during allergy season?

There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temperatures and the opportunity 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 pest 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 identify a solution.

And while we usually think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can reside within the home. Many homeowners have become increasingly interested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s tough to eliminate those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to cut 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 aren’t in allergy covers
  • Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water

The AAFA also provides a few steps to help you reduce allergens in your home.

  • Put plastic covers on the mattresses and pillows.
  • Wash your bedding once a week.
  • Vacuum once or twice a week.
  • Cover your garbage cans.
  • Keep pets out of the bedroom.
  • Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from flowing into 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 improving your home comfort. Put a plan in place so that you can prepare your home and get back to enjoying the warmer temperatures.

Don’t make this allergy season more difficult than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can enhance your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have some questions on how to tackle the quality of air in your house, give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. a call at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online to speak with one of our professionals.