About 26 million people in the U.S. have asthma, and 80 million people have rhinitis due to nasal allergies, also called “hay fever”. As there is no cure for asthma or allergies, it’s important to understand how to minimize symptoms. (https://aafa.org/get-involved/asthma-and-allergy-awareness-month/
A few ways homeowners can help mitigate their symptoms are:
Reduce exposure to allergy triggers
Take extra steps when pollen counts are high
- Stay indoors on dry, windy days. Avoid lawn mowing and gardening chores.
Keep indoor air clean
- If high pollen counts are forecasted, start taking allergy medications before your symptoms start.
- Close doors and windows at night if possible or any other time pollen counts are high.
- Use air conditioning in your house and car.
- If you have forced air heating or air conditioning in your house, use high-efficiency filters and follow regular maintenance schedules.
- Keep indoor air dry with a dehumidifier.
- Use a portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in your bedroom.
- Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.
Now is a great time to start conversations with your homeowners to see if they are struggling with allergies. It might be a great time to check out their indoor air quality and help make their home a comfortable place to enjoy this spring!
Gustave A. Larson can help you with all of your IAQ needs! Reach out to your Larson representative today to learn more.
Learn more about what the AAFA is doing for Allergy Awareness Month