With the spring months upon us and the summer months looming ahead, pollen levels are at an all-time high. Allergy sufferers will be struggling to mitigate symptoms, especially inside their homes, where air quality is often worse than outside. Below, we’ll discuss five of the easiest and best ways to remove pollen from your home to improve your indoor air quality and keep the itchy eyes and runny nose at bay.
Indoor Pollen Is a Common Challenge
Most people are aware that pollen is abundant outside and can trigger severe allergic reactions, but you may not know that the air inside your home can be even more problematic. Homeowners commonly struggle with indoor allergy symptoms, and while they may place the blame on dust, pet dander, or other allergens, pollen is often the culprit in the spring and summer.
How Pollen Gets In
When doors or windows are opened for fresh air or when you’re entering or exiting your home, pollen can seep inside and constantly be dispersed via your HVAC system. Many people unknowingly bring pollen inside on their shoes, clothes, or hands after walking outside, touching their car door, or interacting with other outdoor surfaces.
Below are five effective ways to remove pollen that unavoidably enters your home.
1 – Park in the Garage
Whenever possible, park your car in the garage rather than in your driveway. Pollen quickly accumulates on the exterior of your vehicle, which you can then bring inside after opening or closing the door. Parking in your garage will limit the build-up of pollen on the parts you touch.
2 – Remove Your Shoes When Entering Your Home
Pollen on the ground easily sticks to your shoes and gets tracked inside. Wiping your shoes on your welcome mat outside and then removing them when you get inside will limit how much comes in.
3 – Use Your Air Conditioning
Relying on windows to cool your home is a recipe for disaster when it comes to pollen. Use your HVAC system and keep your windows and doors closed as often as possible to keep it outside.
4 – Clean Frequently
Pollen quickly accumulates on surfaces throughout your home, so be prepared to vacuum and dust at least once a week through allergy season to limit the indoor pollen.
5 – Purchase an Air Purifier
One of the best and simplest ways to minimize indoor pollen is to buy a whole-home air purifier. These devices remove pollen from the air before it has a chance to settle on surfaces. For more information on air purifiers or to purchase one for your home, contact one of our certified professionals today.