Fall means the kids are back at school, football is back on TV, bonfires are burning again, and — unfortunately for many people — fall allergies are rearing their ugly symptoms again. So what can we do to keep the air cleaner, feel more allergy free, and breathe easier when in our homes? Here are some simple tips for air quality control to help prevent fall allergies!
Change The Filters On Your Furnace And AC
It’s our go-to solution for most household comfort problems – change your filter.
Have you been sneezing when the air or furnace is running? Change your filter! Do you have itchy or runny eyes in your house? Change your filter! Do you not remember the last time you changed your filter? Definitely change your filter!
Filters need to be cleaned or changed throughout the year. Add on an HVAC cleaning and maintenance check, and that’s the icing on your clean-furnace cake!
Don’t Be A Carrier: Wash Allergens Away
Remember to wash off allergens that may have attached themselves to your body or clothes. If you are spending time outdoors – and many of us do in the fall because the weather is very mild and comfortable – wash your hands regularly, take off your shoes in your home, and shower before bedtime.
If you are going for an autumn leaf peeping excursion, raking and jumping in that big pile leaves, celebrating that crisp fall night by a bonfire – it’s just best to leave the allergens at the door and clean away your day before relaxing inside. And WEBMD.com says to remember that pets can be carriers of allergens too, so you’ll want to keep them off the bed and furniture if you let them outside.
Remove Fall Leaves Before Mold Can Form
It may be tempting to skip the bagging and leave that big pile of leaves in your backyard, but unless you are composting and covering it, wet, dead leaves can be a breeding ground for mold spores.
Mold spores will add to sneezing and wheezing if you are allergic, so it’s best to get rid of them or set up a proper composting area.
Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed
On a fall day with a high pollen count, you want to keep your windows shut and your screen doors closed. It can be so tempting to bring in fresh air, but unless there are no allergens and low humidity, it's best for your home to keep it closed up.
Buy An Air Purifier
Your HVAC system should have proper ventilation as part of what makes it work. However, for the worst allergy sufferers, sometimes ventilation isn’t enough to reduce the effects of allergies. If you’ve stopped allergens from coming inside, have adequate ventilation, and you’re still suffering, then it’s time to clean the indoor air, too.
Purchasing an air purifier is one of the best ways to do this. Carrier makes a great line of air purifying systems that can kill bacteria, viruses, mold spores, allergens and leave your family breathing healthy air throughout the year.