Now that spring and summer are over, you might think that you are going to get relief from your seasonal allergies. However, there are many indoor allergens that can cause allergies during the fall and winter months, and because it is colder, you are spending more time indoors with those allergens, making it more likely that they will affect you. Here are three things you can do to minimize indoor allergies in fall and winter.
Replace Furnace Filters
Your furnace filters catch all types of airborne allergens in its webs, but those same allergens are being sucked back through the furnace and throughout your home through the vents. It is important that you change your furnace filters frequently, at least once a month, to prevent allergens from being circulated back through the air.
Vacuum with a HEPA Filter
Allergens such as molds, pet danders, and dust mites can easily be kept at bay with regular vacuuming with a HEPA filter. Most bagless vacuum cleaners now have these types of filters. You can also purchase very expensive complex vacuums that claim to filter even more out of the air and carpets. You should vacuum with a HEPA filter at least once per week, if not more frequently.
Avoid Pet Dander
Pet dander is one of the biggest allergens that many homeowners face. Regardless of the type of pet or its breed, your pet has at least a small amount of dander. In order to make sure that this dander and loose fur don’t cause an allergy, you will need to bathe your pet at least once per week and brush them thoroughly at the same time. You will also want to vacuum more frequently and keep your pets out of bedrooms and off of furniture.
If you are suffering from indoor allergies and these steps do not improve your symptoms, we can help. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.