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Making Your Home Pollen-Free Is As Easy As 1-2-3

pollen in the airFor most people, summertime is a time for outdoor fun. But for those who suffer from hay fever and other seasonal allergies, the arrival of warmer weather signals the beginning of a period of misery.

The pollen released by plants, weeds, grass and trees can cause sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses and even asthma. From the very beginning of springtime to the end of fall, it can feel like there's simply no escaping it.

It is possible to virtually eliminate pollen from the air inside your home so that it can be a refuge from your allergies. If you follow these three easy tips, you'll be able to achieve clean air in your home very quickly.

Use A HEPA Filter In Your AC

Your home’s heating and air-conditioning system is equipped with an air filter that should be changed on a regular basis. But it's important to know that not all replacement air filters are created equal.

While most filters do a good job of capturing dirt and dust in the air, HEPA or High-Efficiency Particulate Air filters deliver significantly cleaner air. They have the ability to trap tinier airborne particles like pollen, cat dander, and dust mites before they can enter into your ductwork and make their way into the various rooms of your house.

Maintain an Optimal Indoor Relative Humidity

humidity

Certain allergens can only survive in environments with high moisture content in the air. Along with the heat, summer also brings increased humidity.

If your home’s cooling system is equipped with a dehumidifier, you can ensure that your indoor relative humidity remains consistently at a level below 50%.

It's also important to note that, if the air is too dry, it can aggravate allergy symptoms. For the greatest comfort, it's best to keep it within the range of 40 to 50%.

Keep Your Doors and Windows Closed

Although your HEPA filter will be very effective at catching pollen, it's best to limit how much of it gets in at all. Typically, pollen counts are at their highest during the midday period between 10 AM and 3 PM and in the early morning hours. Therefore, it's particularly important to keep doors and windows shut during those times.

You may not be able to get rid of the pollen outside, but at least, by following these simple steps, the clean air in your home will make it a place where you can escape your seasonal allergy symptoms.

If you're looking for more ways to create a healthy and comfortable environment in your home, call the clean air experts at Johnson Heating and Cooling, in Greenwood, IN, at 312-671-8994.