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5 Ways to Help Your Spring Allergies

While spring is filled with blooming flowers, families on walks, and longer days, puffy eyes, scratchy throats, and runny noses are all things we also tend to see in spring.  For the over 25 million Americans affected by seasonal allergies, spring allergies can make this season absolutely miserable.

Unfortunately for us Detroit-ers, Detroit has moved up its ranking on the Asthma and Allergy’s Foundation of America’s list of Most Challenging Places to Live With Spring Allergies.  In 2018 Detroit was ranked at number 34, and is now ranked at number 26.

If you find yourself reaching for tissues this spring, here a few tips to try and lessen the impacts of spring allergies:

1. Use your central air conditioner

I know it’s tempting to open up the windows for fresh air on warm spring days, but an open window is an invitation for pollen and other allergens to make themselves comfortable in your home.

2. Use a high efficiency filter with your HVAC system

Not all filters are created equal, and some are much better at trapping allergens than others.  Don’t forget to clean or change the filter on a regular basis!

3. Vacuum frequently

Frequent vacuuming will help to pick up things like pollen brought in from the outside.  The Mayo Clinic recommends using a vacuum with a HEPA filter.

4. Be ready for wardrobe changes

Pollen can stick to your clothes.  Changing your clothes upon entering your home will also help prevent allergens from coming into your home.  In that same vein, showering and washing your hair before bed will also keep pollen from making itself at home in your bed.

5. Be aware of the weather

Dry, windy days are more likely to bother allergy sufferers.  Pay attention to the weather outside, and check the local pollen count from The Weather Channel, and plan your outside activities accordingly.

For more information about having easy to breathe air inside your home, contact us at FLAME Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical.

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