Fall means a kaleidoscope of colors, cooler temperatures, apple cider, pumpkin spice everything – and the return of allergy season. While many people regard spring as prime pollen season, ragweed is the most common culprit in fall seasonal allergies, affecting more than 23 million people. Not only do you have ragweed, you also have mold, which grows on wet leaves and decomposing plants. What’s an allergy sufferer to do? Read on for some advice on how to avoid fall allergy triggers.
#1. Monitor Pollen and Mold Counts
One helpful strategy is to keep an eye on pollen and mold counts so that you can attempt to stay indoors on especially bad days. The National Allergy Bureau – a division of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology – tracks levels of pollen and mold around the country. Also of benefit? Watching the local weather. Warm, windy, dry, and/or sunny days tend to have the highest pollen and mold counts.
#2. Replace Your Filters
Staying indoors when pollen counts are high is the most effective way to cut down on both mold and ragweed reactions – but not if you’re pumping in pollen from outside. Take the time now to clean all air vents and change air conditioner filters. HEPA filters provide the best air quality control. You’ll cut down on pollen and lower your energy bills; clean filters allows your heating and cooling system to run more efficiently.
#3. Dust Your Home
Regular cleaning of all household surfaces affected by dust is imperative to the health and general well-being of allergy sufferers. You will find that using a Swiffer duster, microfiber cloth, vacuum cleaner or any combination of the three quite handy. The best way to dust is to work from the top to the bottom. Make sure to clean all of your dusting tools after each use.
#4. Wash Bedding
Make your bedroom your sanctuary by making sure to wash bedding (i.e. linens and comforters) at least once per week during fall allergy season. Using allergy-free pillows, pillowcases, and mattress are also highly recommended when trying to create an allergy-free home. Make sure the surfaces of your dressers, nightstands, and desks are clutter free; clutter attract dust far quicker than non-cluttered surfaces.
#5. Call Carpet Cleaning Service AZ
It’s a good idea to have your carpets, area rugs, and upholstery professionally cleaned every 12 to 18 months. However, if you have pets or children, your carpet may require more frequent cleanings; we recommend once in the fall and again in the spring. Professional cleaning is a great way to remove built-up dirt, bacteria, and other allergens. It also allows you to prepare your home for the upcoming holidays.