Tips for Allergy Season

allergiesWith spring quickly approaching, your mind may be on planning a much-needed family trip or tackling those home improvement projects you’ve been meaning to get around to. But if you are anything like the 50 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, your plans could be affected by coughing, sneezing and other symptoms. A combination of a milder winter and El Niño this season means that fresh pollen is on the way, increasing the occurrence of allergens. While the outdoors are definitely calling, you may find that the comforts of home are also appealing, especially with proper preparation.

The best way to prepare for allergy season is to identify the common offenders that affect the indoor air quality in your home.

Mold often manifests with extreme allergy symptoms, especially in young children. A major factor for mold growth is indoor humidity caused by excess moisture, which can be combated multiple ways. All air quality products such as air conditioners and humidifiers should be cleaned and serviced, at least with each new season. Having properly maintained HEPA filters will prevent mold spores from circulating throughout the home. Bathrooms, laundry rooms and basements are primary targets for common mold types, so making sure to ventilate via exhaust fans and proper drainage is a must-do on this season’s checklist.

Your family’s best friend can also be the cause of allergy symptoms. Pet dander, a combination of dead skin cells and hair, can trigger asthma attacks in children and adults alike. If you did not adopt a hypoallergenic breed (yes, they do exist), and cannot bring yourself to put Fido in doggy day care for most of its life, there are a few preventative measures to ensure at least a little allergy relief. Minimize contact by designating a specific part of the house to your furry best friend – bedrooms should be thought of as off-limits, and a room with wood or tile floors will ensure dander is easier to clean. Cleaning is an obvious answer to prevent dander from traveling throughout the house, but plan to do so when the allergy sufferer is not home. Vacuums and mops can actually kick up debris, so it is best that they stay far away until the dust settles – lterally. Most importantly, be sure to change out your air filters at least four times a year to ensure the air flowing through your home is as clean as it can be.

Have you been blaming indoor moisture and poor Fido for all of your allergy woes? Your own beauty and cleaning products can be doing you just as much harm. Home fragrances, for example, may be part of your cleaning routine, but that fresh smell is masking a cocktail of chemicals as potentially harmful as some outdoor pollutants. If tobacco is ruining the smell of your home, make it a smoke-free zone. Look for fragrance-free cleaners and avoid artificial ingredients as often as possible- a DIY house cleaner using natural ingredients like lemon and baking soda may make the perfect alternative. Keep air circulating via open doors and vents, and implement oscillating fan usage after cleanings to keep your allergies at bay.

Overall, proper home maintenance will significantly lessen the impact of indoor allergies on your loved ones. Schedule a check-up to make this allergy season stress-free at or call today (714) 793-0739.