Fall is a beautiful season promising cooler temperatures, delicious foods and family fun. Unfortunately, we have to take the bad with the good as fall also tends to bring the headache of seasonal pollen. Fortunately, that doesn’t mean you have to sit back and accept the misery of allergy attacks. There are several steps you can take to prepare your home for fall allergies and minimize your suffering—here’s what you can do:
1. Keep the windows closed.
Living in Florida, when the temperature drops below 80 degrees, many of us rush to open our windows. But while this might make our homes feel refreshing for a while, what many of us don’t realize is that we’re also opening the door to excess pollen and dust. You can still enjoy the pleasant weather, but keeping the windows closed during the peak pollen hours of 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. is a good idea.
2. Reduce pet dander in your home.
Your pet is your best friend and a cherished family member who makes your life complete. Unfortunately, pet saliva and dander are a common source of allergens for a number of people. The good news is you don’t have to risk an allergy attack to cuddle with your four-legged friend. A weekly brushing outside will reduce your pet’s dander as well as make your furry companion happier, according to Allergy Consumer Review. If the weather permits, an outdoor bath once a week is a good idea, too.
3. Schedule a maintenance checkup with Engineered Air for your HVAC system.
We often make the mistake of thinking we don’t need to keep a close eye on our air conditioning system’s filter during the fall. Autumn doesn’t necessarily mean the temperatures will drop enough that we no longer need to cool our homes, though. Actually, because pollen levels are on the rise, HVAC maintenance is even more important in the fall. After all, a clean filter, especially a HEPA filter, reduces allergens by up to 90 percent.
Want more ways you can reduce the amount of allergens in your home? Call the HVAC professionals at Engineered Air. Our team is here to answer any questions you have concerning seasonal allergy protection, HVAC filters and other quality heating and cooling services.