When you hear “Allergy Season” you probably think Spring. But for many people, Fall can bring a whole new set of triggers. Ragweed pollinates in the fall and pumpkin piles, leaves and corn mazes can harbor mold. Living in the south means that the Summer heat can linger well into the new season, and that warm weather can cause mold spores to be released with high humidity or wind.
Changing the weather isn’t something we can do, but we can do a few things to prepare our home for the season and it’s new set of allergy challenges.
Don’t Dust. No, that’s not a pass for not cleaning this fall, sorry. Instead of using a dry rag or feather duster that can stir up particles, use a damp rag that will trap the dust. If allergies are more irritated with store bought cleaners with chemicals, try a homemade solution of vinegar and water.
Change those Air Filters. Most companies suggest changing your filters every 3 months. If allergies are a problem or you’re dealing with pet hair, consider swapping them out sooner, like every 6-8 weeks. Not only will it help with dust particles, it will help your system run more effectively.
Vacuum with a HEPA Filter. High efficiency particulate air filters, filter out about 99.97% of particles in the air that are larger than the size of a single speck of cornstarch. These filters snap up particles like bacteria, mold, pollen and fungus that regular vacuums may leave behind. If your current vacuum has a HEPA filter, make sure you’re changing it every 6-12 months. If you don’t have a model with a filter and you’re battling allergies, it might be time to invest in a new vacuum.
Keep your Windows Closed. I know, I know. It’s hard to not want to air the house out on a beautiful fall day, but in an effort to let the fresh breeze in, you might be doing more harm than good by allowing pollen into the house too.
Of course for more severe allergy issues, it’s always best to check with your Dr but these tips will be a great start on improving the air inside your home!
What tips do you have for beating seasonal allergies?
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