Seasonal allergies can make life miserable for a significant portion of the year, especially if you live in South Florida where pollen is ever-present. The itchy, watery eyes, sneezing and runny, congested nose you experience from allergies hinder cognitive performance, reduce your sleep quality and can cause you to feel groggy and drowsy. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways you can combat seasonal allergies so you can feel good year round.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner Filters
Air filters catch pollen, dust, dander and other common allergens as cooled air leaves your HVAC system and enters your home or business. Unless you change the air filter on a regular basis, it will become clogged, which puts unnecessary strain on your system and allows more allergens into the indoor air. For good measure, change the air filter in your HVAC system once per month.
Get Some House Plants
House plants have much more to offer than aesthetics—they also make excellent air purifiers. Indeed, a single spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) can filter the air in an entire room in only 30 minutes. Different types of plants filter out different allergens, such as irritant chemicals, dust mite feces, pollen and mold. It’s best to keep a variety of house plants in your home, which provides control of the greatest variety of airborne allergens.
Keep Pets Out of the Bedroom
Many people enjoy having their pets sleep in their bedrooms with them, but if you struggle with seasonal allergies, this is a bad habit that will only make things worse. Dogs and cats, especially those that spend time outdoors, carry allergens in their fur. When you allow them into your bedroom, those allergens make it into your carpet, bedding and the air. As a result, you spend all night breathing them in, which causes you to wake up feeling un-refreshed.
Keep Windows Closed
Leaving the windows open on cooler days may save you money on your air conditioning bill, but you’re also exposing yourself to airborne allergens. Things like air pollutants, dust, pollen and mold flow into the room unhindered, triggering your seasonal allergies. To control allergies, you’re better off keeping your windows closed and simply running a fan if you don’t wish to use your air conditioner.
Learn More Ways to Combat Seasonal Allergies with Engineered Air
If you struggle with seasonal allergies, Engineered Air has solutions that can help. We offer a variety of products and services that keep your home comfortable, while removing allergens in the process. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.