How to Deal With Allergies This Spring

Breathe Easier This Spring

While most people rejoice in the gradually warming weather of spring, people who deal with allergies can dread their symptoms worsening in the spring. Seasonal allergies can become a major inconvenience, with symptoms such as watery eyes, a runny nose, itching, sneezing, coughing, and congestion. 

Symptoms of asthma can also be triggered by allergens and lead to shortness of breath. This blog will discuss a few simple tips to help minimize the symptoms of allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues by improving indoor air quality and helping people breathe easier indoors this spring.

Open the Windows

windowOn breezy days, opening windows can be a great way to improve the indoor air quality in a home, help reduce symptoms of allergies and asthma, and improve overall respiratory health. While it makes sense to keep windows closed when pollen counts are high to prevent the wind from carrying them into the home, it’s helpful to open the windows when pollen counts are low to let stale air out and allow fresh air in. Not only is allowing fresh air from outside to come into the home beneficial for those with chronic respiratory issues, but it also helps reduce stale air and odors, creating a cleaner and fresher environment. 

Furthermore, opening windows on breezy days can help circulate the air inside a home, allowing for better airflow throughout the living space. This helps bring in an influx of fresh oxygen which can reduce fatigue and improve mental clarity. Additionally, having good airflow circulating in the house can help to reduce the risk of mold growing and spreading, as air circulation helps keep moisture levels low.

Change Air Filters Regularly

filterAir filters are an essential component of heating and air conditioning systems. They trap allergens like dust, pollen, and pet hair from the air, improving indoor air quality and preventing them from entering the HVAC system and circulating the home. This is especially true of HEPA filters which are designed to be highly efficient in removing airborne particles.

When they get too dirty, air filters can no longer trap particles and allergens effectively and must be replaced. How often to replace air filters can be determined by many factors, including the type of filter and whether a home has pets. It’s generally recommended to replace air filters every three months; however, when someone living in the home suffers from allergies, asthma, or another respiratory issue, the air filters should be changed more often to reduce symptoms.

Keep Surfaces Dust Free

Dust may seem harmless, but for people with allergies, asthma, and other respiratory issues, it can aggravate or trigger their symptoms. Dust can settle on every surface in a home, especially low-traffic areas and decorative items that often go untouched for long periods. 

While it’s likely already a part of most homeowners’ cleaning routines, regularly vacuuming and dusting is important to help manage and reduce symptoms. While dusting, it’s essential to use a damp cloth to trap the dust and avoid the dust becoming airborne. Homeowners can contact their local HVAC contractors for more comprehensive indoor air quality solutions like installing air cleaning and filtration systems. 

About Left Coast Air

Left Coast Air is a local family-owned and operated company serving Menifee, CA, and the surrounding areas. They provide competitive pricing, 24/7 live answers, and free estimates. Call them today for heating, air conditioning, or indoor air quality services in Menifee, CA.

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