Spring is a welcome time here in Kansas City because it ushers in warmer temperatures after a cold winter. But as trees and plants start to blossom, springtime can be miserable for those who suffer from allergies.
The good news is, if you or someone in your family suffers from springtime allergies, you can reduce allergy symptoms by following these 3 tips:
- Shower and change your clothes before you go to bed
- Change your air filter regularly
- Get your HVAC system maintained
We’ll go into each of these tips in more detail below…
Tip #1: Shower and change your clothes before you go to bed
When you’re outside, pollen and other airborne allergens attach to your clothes and hair. When you come home, you bring those allergens inside.
On days with especially high pollen counts (you can find daily pollen levels on sites like pollen.com), it’s especially important to change out of your outside clothes and wash your hair. Otherwise, you’ll be breathing in those allergens all night.
Have pets? It’s also a good idea to wash and clean them before you let them come into the house, or they may carry allergens inside on their fur.
Tip #2: Change your air filter regularly
All of the air that’s circulated throughout your home passes through your air filter before it reaches your HVAC system.
The purpose of the air filter is to protect your HVAC system from dirt buildup and to filter out harmful air contaminants.
Over time, air filters get clogged if they don’t get changed regularly. When clogged, filters stop trapping dirt as they should, leaving room for allergy-inducing particles like pollen and dust mites to enter your home.
A good rule-of-thumb is to change your filter every 1–2 months to avoid dust buildup.
Note: When you replace your filter, there are special-grade filters that can help remove even more allergens.
Tip #3: Get your HVAC system maintained
Another great way to reduce allergies in your home is to schedule regular maintenance on your heating and cooling system.
During a regular maintenance visit, a technician will clean the coils of your AC, the fan and the condensate line, which are all places dust settles.
If too much dust gathers on those components, you run the risk of mold growth (which is a big allergy aggravator), especially during the cooling season.
Bottom line: Having an HVAC professional maintain your system will help ensure your system is running correctly and you aren’t unknowingly pumping dust and allergens into your home. Since summer is right around the corner, it’s a good idea to get AC maintenance now before you put more demand on your system.