For many Americans, spring equals allergies. Itchy and watery eyes, runny nose, congestion—it can be enough to make you want to skip the season altogether. But with these five steps from DIY Network, you can help reduce allergens in your home and find a brief respite.
- Remove clutter: Less stuff means fewer places for allergens to linger.
- Clean the air: A well-ventilated house is your first line of defense. Use HEPA filters in your air conditioning system, maintain the humidity at about 50 percent and keep your windows closed when pollen counts are highest (in the early morning and between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.).
- Clean the bathroom: Mold tends to gather there. Yes, even in Colorado! This is especially true if your exhaust fan is underpowered or if you typically don’t turn it on while showering. Replacing the exhaust fan is both affordable and doable by most folks. Here’s a short video that shows just how quick and easy it can be.
- Reduce dust-generators: Fabrics and carpeting create dust by breaking down fibers. Swap carpets out for washable throw rugs.
- Make smart landscaping decisions: Avoid planting trees such as maple, birch and ash, which have allergenic particles that can trigger discomfort.
Finally, I’d like to share a helpful tip from my personal experience. If you suffer from seasonal allergies and take either over-the-counter or prescription medication to control your symptoms, you should know that allergy doctors recommend taking these medications at night before going to bed. That gives them time to get into your system and be fully active by early morning. This can be especially helpful in alleviating your symptoms if, like me, you like to sleep with the windows open when the weather is nice.
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