How to Take the Sting Out of Allergy Season.

blogWhen spring in the air, there’s always plenty to be excited about, including longer days, abundant sunshine, and more time spent outdoors. But for some, the beauty of springtime is overshadowed by the coughing, congestion, watery eyes, and other symptoms that accompany seasonal allergies.

And while over-the-counter and prescription medications can help alleviate allergy symptoms, there are additional measures to can take to help lessen their severity. Here are 5 tips to help your allergies under control so you can stop dreading the change of seasons:

Check the Calendar

Seasonal allergies are largely predictable.  So if, for example, you know you’re allergic to ragweed, find out when its season starts where you live and prepare be taking your meds before the pollen starts flying.

Check Daily Pollen Counts

Generally speaking, pollen counts tend to peak on warm, breezy afternoons, so try to plan your outdoor activities accordingly.  Also, look at ozone levels and other pollutants that can exacerbate allergy symptoms and trigger allergy-induced asthma attacks.

Wash Away the Allergens

Experts recommend that allergy sufferers shower at night or after spending significant time outdoors to wash away pollen and other allergens that might have accumulated on your skin and hair during the day.

Clear your Sinuses

Saline nasal spray and steam inhalation can help moisturize dry nasal passages, loosen mucus, and clear congestion. Better yet, these remedies are not habit forming like other nasal relief products.

Keep Allergens Out

Keep allergens and pollutants out of your home by cleaning or replacing your HVAC filter frequently – once a month during peak season. And, to help keep the sniffles at bay while tending to your lawn or garden, wear a filter mask over your face.

Speaking of cleaning or replacing your AC filter, your entire AC system needs to be cleaned and inspected once a year, and for several good reasons:

  • Fewer and less costly repairs
  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Lower utility costs
  • Consistent temperatures throughout your home
  • Longer system lifespan
  • Improved indoor air quality

If it’s been more than a year since your last AC cleaning and inspection, contact the home comfort specialists at Optimum Air today. And while you’re at it, be sure to ask about other indoor air quality solutions we provide.