The change of season from summer to fall can result in some horrific allergies. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how miserable the sneezing, the coughing, and the nose blowing can be. Just know you are not alone! Chris Iliades, M.D. of Everyday Health states, “Seasonal allergies, including fall allergies, affect more than 35 million Americans and cost the U.S. economy more than $7 billion in lost productivity.”
How can you focus on enjoying the pumpkin spice this fall instead of sitting at home with your face buried in tissue?
During the fall season, the top 4 allergens are: ragweed, mold & mildew, dust mites, and pet dander. Read on to learn about 8 ways to reduce fall allergy symptoms from these allergens.
Keep Doors and Windows Closed
This means keeping your doors and windows closed in your home and in your car. Ragweed is a plant, and ” …[it] can produce up to 1 billion grains of pollen per season” (Healthline). The best way to fight allergy symptoms from Ragweed is by avoiding it as much as possible, which means keep it out of your home and car.
Vacuum Upholstery and Carpets
Frequent vacuuming can help to get rid of ragweed as well as dust mites and pet dander. Yes, you may need to pull out the vacuuming attachments and do a thorough job, but that’s worth it if it will help you feel better, right?
Know Peak Allergy Times
Weather websites, such as Weather.com, usually have allergy trackers to help you determine when is the best time to go outside. Know when your fall allergy symptoms will be at their worst and plan around it.
Rake Your Leaves! (and clean the gutters)
During the fall, mold and mildew can be found on fallen damp leaves. Frequent raking and making sure the gutters are clean can help to keep mold away from your home, and it should help to keep your allergy symptoms away too.
Install and Actually Use your Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are the opposite of humidifiers. They take the humidity out of your home’s air. You can either choose a portable dehumidifier or a whole home dehumidifier. Both types have pros and cons, and it depends on your family’s needs to determine which is the right choice for you. Either way, keeping the humidity level of your home in check will curb mold and mildew, as well as dust mites.
Use dust proof allergy covers on your pillows and mattresses
Keep dust mites away with these covers. Also, wash and change your sheets and pillow cases frequently to rid them of dust mites, pollen, and pet dander.
Install a UV Germicidal Light
These are lights that can be installed as part of your home’s heating and cooling system. The UV technology essentially “zaps” allergy triggers and bacteria as the air flows through the duct work. These lights are great for clearing your home’s air of allergens and cleaning the indoor air in general.
Switch Out your Air Filter for an Electronic Filter
Just like a regular air filter, these filters filter the air being used in your heating and cooling system. Electronic filters use ionizing cells to have an extremely high capture rate (95%) of things such as mildew, animal hair, and dust mites. An electronic filter should be cleaned in the dishwasher or with a hose monthly. Even if you do not have an electronic filter, keeping your air filter clean will help it do its job most effectively.
Are you ready to put these tips in to action and take control of your fall allergy symptoms this year? Good! For more information about UV Germicidal Lights, electronic filters, dehumidifiers, or other ways to improve your indoor air quality, contact Flame!