Spring weather is finally here and the warmer temperatures are a welcome change from the freezing temperatures that we’ve had for the past few months. As wonderful as the warmer weather will be, the pollen, dust mites and other pollutants that will accompany are not so welcome. Here are just a few tips that can help you minimize your Springtime allergies.
1. Control your immediate environment.
If you know which trees or pollen affect you, you can try to remove them and replant more tolerable types. But remember that airborne pollens can travel hundreds of miles from where they originated. Mowing the lawn stirs up pollens, so if you can hire someone else to do so. Also, avoid sitting outdoors around freshly cut grass.
2. Close up the house.
As tempting as it can be to open up your windows and let in the fresh Spring air, try not to. Open windows let in pollen.
3. Adjust your indoor humidity level.
If spores from mold cause your allergies to bother you, aim for a humidity level of less than 50%. Consider buying a digital thermometer with a humidity gauge, available for about $40 or less. You may need a dehumidifier to get a level lower than 50%. Set up the dehumidifier on the main living level of the house, if your house has more than one story.* Tiger can provide you with the best choice for your home.
4. Upgrade your air filter.
Most heating and cooling systems still use a basic air filter. These filters were originally designed to protect the equipment and not the people served by the equipment. The average air filter is only capable of removing 3–5% of the particles that pass through it. Today, however, there are several types of permanent air filters available in various efficiencies that can help you filter the air in your home. If you suffer from allergies, asthma, hay fever or other breathing difficulties, there is an air filter that can help you. We can even provide you with the same type of air filter used in hospital operating rooms.
5. Have Your Air Conditioning System Checked and Cleaned.
Our 14-point “Super Tune-Up” is a complete cleaning of your air conditioner, not just an inspection, like you might get at another company. Call Tiger Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Services today for more information on our Air Conditioning Clean and Check – your allergies will thank you!
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