The spring and summer months leave millions of Americans in tears every year. Yet it’s not an emotional response to the seasons that is turning on the water works, but rather an allergic reaction. Hay fever and various pollen allergies afflict more than 60 million Americans, leaving the most pleasant time of year plagued by itchy and watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, congestion, headaches, and hives. Medication helps lesson the symptoms of hay fever, although the best prescription is preventing pollen exposure in the first place, and there are several around-the-house hacks that can help to limit an individual’s contact with the allergen.
Keep Windows Closed
It may be a beautiful day out there, but opening the windows will only bring pollen into your home or car. It’s especially important to keep windows sealed between 5 and 10 a.m., when pollen counts are at their highest levels, and on dry and windy days, which also is a peak time for pollen.
Of course, closing the windows will only keep pollen out if the windows are sealed and functioning properly. If your home’s windows are on the old side, you may find drafts and air leaks, which are more than large enough to allow tiny pollen particles into the home. That is just one of the many reasons why we recommend installing replacement windows. Our high-quality vinyl replacement windows are unmatched in durability, beauty, and craftsmanship. They fit perfectly into any home, and you’ll be amazed at how well they keep air-conditioned air in the home and pollen and other allergens out.
Replace Air Conditioner Filters
If you have a standard filter in your HVAC system, it’s not doing anything to prevent pollen from entering the home. Instead, HEPA filters are preferred by allergy sufferers due to the high levels of particulates they remove from the air. Filters are rated on a MERV system, and the higher the number (M12 being the highest), the more protected you will be. Make sure filters are replaced at least every two months, and for extra defense, set the air conditioner to recirculate interior air, rather than bringing in pollenated air from outside.
Change Your Clothes
Unless you want to live in a bubble, it’s impossible to avoid pollen when you’re outside. But by changing your clothes upon entering the home, you can keep it from spreading within the house. Otherwise, just imagine all the pollen dust rubbing off on couches, chairs, beds, and other furniture you come in contact with. It’s also recommended to frequently change bed sheets, especially if you sleep with the windows open.
Wipe Down Your Pets
Man’s best friend can quickly become an allergy sufferer’s worst enemy. Just like our clothes, pet fur also picks up pollen and tracks it into the home. So, if you’re one who likes to cuddle and smooch their pooch, be sure to wipe down the fur after it’s come in from outside.
If allergy problems leave you with watery eyes, let Schaefer Exteriors turn them into tears of joy. You’ll be overwhelmed with emotion at the amazing appearance of your home once we’ve installed new Simonton replacement windows, but the real delight will come from the affordable prices. Call us today to say no to pollen and yes to beautiful new windows!