Allergies can really get you down in the spring. Red, itchy eyes make it hard to see, let alone enjoy your day. And your wheezing, sneezing, and runny nose can make it hard to get enough sleep or focus on your work. Thankfully, there are strategies -- other than taking allergy meds -- that you can employ to keep allergens out of your home and out of your life.
1. Install a HEPA Filter
Hopefully, you change your air filter every month to keep your HVAC system clean. You can do an even more effective job of keeping the air clear by upgrading to a HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. This type of filter catches even smaller particles than a standard air filter, so even the tiniest pollen granules will not make their way through. There are numerous HEPA filters on the market. Look for one that can be removed from your system and cleaned once a month rather than be replaced, since this will save you money over time. (Disposable HEPA filters cost more than standard disposable filters.) For more information, reach out to a company such as Copper State Filters.
2. Use a HEPA Vacuum
Look for a vacuum that has a HEPA filter installed. This machine will filter the air before releasing it back into your home, helping to more effectively remove pollen granules and other allergens from your carpet. Vacuum every other day, at least. You may want to vacuum the areas where you spend most of your time every day for even better results. Also, make sure you use a brush attachment on stairs and in corners to ensure you're removing debris from these areas effectively.
3. Leave shoes outside.
When you walk through the grass, your shoes pick up pollen and other debris from the grass. So leave your shoes outside. Place a rubber mat or a plastic tray outside, and set your boots or shoes on it rather than wearing them inside. If you have nice shoes that you want to bring inside, use a baby wipe to clean them off before doing so. Throw the baby wipe away outside rather than bringing it into the home.
4. Keep your windows closed.
As tempted as you might be to open the windows at night and let air into your home, this practice also lets pollen into the home. Keep your windows shut during the summer, and rely on your air conditioning system to keep your home cool and clean.