Winning Against Pollen

pollenIt’s spring and with it comes the sneezing, itchy eyes and congestion that allergies can cause. Here are a few tips that can help you keep pollen from winning in and around your home.

Wash Away the Pollen – If you’ve been outside doing yard work, walking or doing most anything, take a shower as soon as possible when you come in for the day. If that timing doesn’t work for you, make sure you wash your hands immediately.

Remove Your Shoes – It might sound silly, but your shoes will carry all kinds of irritants from your trees, grass, weeds and dirt right into your home. Take them off as soon as you enter your house.

Close Your Windows and Doors – We all love to air out the house after a long winter but keeping windows and doors open is just the invitation pollen is waiting for. If you can’t resist fresh air, be especially careful from early to midmorning, at dusk and, of course, when it’s windy.

Don’t Hang Laundry Outdoors – You can bet that pollen will stick to sheets, pillow cases and towels, so it’s important that you wash your bedding every week and avoid outdoor drying.

Use HEPA Filters – High efficiency particulate air filters (HEPA) help trap allergens and other irritants before they flow throughout your home’s interior. While some can be effective for up to 2 years, the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology recommends changing HEPA filters every 6 months.

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