Even though March is one of the snowiest months in Colorado, it’s also a time when we see the first signs of spring. Daffodils and tulips peek up out of the ground. You might have a tree springing into life with new buds.
That’s also a sign of something else you might be dreading: allergies.
The biggest spring allergy trigger is pollen. It can come from trees such as ash, aspen, or cottonwood, or grasses such as fescue and bermuda. It doesn’t matter where they come from, if you’re prone to allergies, you’ll feel them striking the moment the first bud springs into life,
The biggest way to keep allergies at bay is to control your indoor air quality.
Spring cleaning - it’s an activity that homeowners have performed as long as they’ve owned homes. While it feels good to put aside the warm winter coverings and throw open the windows for the very first time, there’s an even more important reason to do so: to get rid of the dust bunnies that have accumulated in the corners. Those little dust bunnies can hold down pollen and other contaminants, changing the air you breathe. It’s time to dust and vacuum throughout your home, and wash everything down on a regular basis.
Don’t forget your pet’s areas. Wherever your pets hang out, it’s important to give those areas a thorough cleaning too. Thow their pillows, blankets, and beds into the wash to eliminate potential residue. You should also vacuum and wipe down other areas where they spend a great deal of time. The chair they sleep in all afternoon? Use your vacuum tools to suck up the pet hair, dander, and other pollutants.
Control mold and mildew throughout your home. This is a top trigger for allergy symptoms, and in many cases, you don’t even know it’s there. Start in the bathroom and scour your tub and shower. Scrub tiles and wash mold that may be creeping into the corners. Don’t be fooled into thinking Colorado is a dry climate - we have a high instance of mold and mildew, and it can materialize easily in places like bathrooms, basements, and crawlspaces.
Control humidity and purify your air supply. Did you know that the healthiest air supply in a home environment should be kept between 40 and 50 percent? How healthy is your home?
The best way to keep your humidity at a consistent level is to have your HVAC system tested regularly. An air filtering system will improve your home’s air quality by trapping allergens and pollutants before they make it into your air supply.
When’s the last time you have your HVAC checked? As the temperatures warm, and we move from using our furnaces to the air conditioner, ensure your entire HVAC system is working as it should. Schedule your maintenance visit today, and ensure you’re doing your best at keeping allergens out of your home, and a clean air supply that makes your house a healthy home.