14 Ways To Win The War on Pollen
Spring has finally sprung! The tulips have blossomed, the dogwood trees and cherry blossoms are in full bloom. Despite the beauty of spring, after a long and cold winter season, the air is rapidly being clouded with pollen everywhere! The dreaded cloud of pollen coats your vehicles, it enters into your home without permission and aggravates everyone with allergies. If you want to best conquer the pollen this season, your best bet is follow the tips and tricks below!
Stay Informed With Pollen Forecasts
Monitor reported pollen levels within the Gambrills, Maryland area:
- Keep Windows & Doors Closed
While pollen levels are elevated, keep your doors and windows closed so that your air conditioning system can properly filter the air and keep additional pollen from entering your home.
- Set Your Air Conditioning System to Recirculate Air
Set your air conditioning system to recirculate the air within your home rather than pulling in pollen filled air from outdoors.
- Reschedule Outdoor Activities
Schedule your outdoor exercise or walks for the evening hours. Plants produce pollen during the daytime while the sun is shining.
- Wash Your Pets After They Return Indoors
If you have pets that roam outdoors or if you have a dog that goes outside, be sure to wipe them down with a damp towel or cloth in order to get as much pollen off of their fur as possible.
- Plan Events After It Has Rained
Plan events and outdoor activities for days after the rain has fallen. Rain clears the air of pollen and provides the blessing of significantly lower pollen counts the day afterwards. Drier and windier days stir up pollen and increase pollen counts.
- Dry Your Clothes & Sheets Indoors
Don't use a clothesline to dry your clothes or linens outdoors because they will act like a pollen magnet and attract pollen back into your home.
- Protect Your Eyes & Lungs
While working in your yard or being outdoors while pollen levels are elevated, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes and a mask if you have respiratory problems.
- Clean Yourself of Pollen After Returning Indoors
After being outdoors for an extended period of time, be certain to change your clothes, wash yourself and your clothes once you return indoors.
- Take Your Allergy Medications Early
Be proactive with regards to taking allergy medications for your allergies and congestion— you will be happy that you did!
- Avoid Duct Cleaning Scams
This time of year, many unscrupulous contractors spam neighborhood mailboxes with ads or leaflets. Cleaning your ducts will simply temporarily address the source of the airborne irritants entering your home.
- Indoor Air Quality Can Be Improved By Sealing Your Ducts
Have your ducts tested for outdoor air infiltration and leaks. Leaks within your indoor air duct system can bring in irritants such as dust, pollen, mold and even bugs!
- Seal Cracks Around Doors, Fireplaces and Ceilings
Leaks within these areas can cause significant heat loss during the fall and winter seasons as well as the loss of cooling during the spring and summer seasons.
Without properly sealed ducts, you're wasting money and energy while intaking outdoor air pollution and irritants.
- Make A Habit of Checking Your Air Conditioning Filter Monthly!
Change your air conditioning system's air filter once it is dirty. A good rule of thumb is to check your HVAC system's filter on a monthly basis to determine if your air filter needs to be cleaned or replaced. A clean air filter within your air conditioning system will filter pollen that enters your home and will provide your family with a more comfortable atmosphere while saving 5-15% on your energy bills!
Bair Necessities genuinely wishes you a happy, healthy and refreshing spring season!
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