by Zona on July 29, 2016

The Easy Way To Remove Pollen From Your Home

pollen in the airEverybody wants clean air in his or her home. This is doubly important if a family member suffers from allergies.

The spring and summer months in the Indianapolis area are particularly bad for those with seasonal allergies like hay fever. During that time of year weeds, trees and plants release pollen in the air, wreaking havoc on sinuses everywhere.

Here are some easy steps you can take to get rid of pollen in your home so you can have a reprieve from your allergy symptoms.

Install a HEPA Filter in Your AC

Your heating and cooling systems have an air filter that needs to be replaced on a regular basis. Some replacement filters are better than others when it comes to removing tiny airborne particles like pollen and pet dander. Look for a HEPA filter. As the fan in your heating and cooling system propels air towards your ductwork, it forces it through the filter with an ultra tight mesh that will catch pollen.

Keep Your Windows and Doors Closed

They say prevention is the best form of medicine. The same holds true when it comes to pollen in your home: it’s better to keep it from entering in the first place. The best way to achieve this is to keep your windows and doors closed, especially during the times of day when the pollen count is at its highest. Those are the early morning hours and mid-day between 10 AM and 3 PM.

Other ways to prevent pollen from entering your home include wearing a hat while outdoors to prevent pollen from getting into your hair, carefully wiping your feet before you enter, and brushing your pets frequently to remove pollen from their fur.

Maintain an Indoor Humidity Level Below 50%

humiditySome allergens, like dust mites and mold spores, can only survive in places that are particularly humid. You can prevent the growth of these allergens by lowering your indoor relative humidity with the use of a dehumidifier. Portable units are okay for small spaces or a single room, but to adequately dehumidify your entire home, consider having a dehumidifier installed on your AC system.

A note of caution: if the air is too dry, it can exacerbate allergy symptoms by irritating sinuses. The optimal range for health and comfort is between 40 and 50% relative humidity.

By following these easy steps, you will effectively have cleaner air in your home and reduce the effects of seasonal allergies. If cleaner air is a priority for you and your family, you can also consider the addition of a UV air sanitizer to your heating and cooling system. These units effectively vaporize airborne germs and allergens using ultraviolet light technology.

You can find out more about UV sanitizers and other clean-air solutions by speaking with an expert at Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service, in Greenwood, IN, at 317-268-2926.

 

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