September 19, 2016

6 Tips to Avoid Fall Allergies

Avoiding fall allergies this season can be a critical part of enjoying this time of year. Ragweed, outdoor mold, dust mites, and pet dander are the most common allergies this time of the year. The temperatures, wet leaves, outdoor allergens being brought in and even starting up the furnace for the first time can trigger allergic reactions. To help our customers avoid seasonal allergies, Chem-Dry of Hillsboro has six tips.

6 Tips to Avoid Fall Allergies Chem-Dry of Hillsboro

High-Efficiency Furnace Filter

Your home's health can be improved by installing a high quality furnace filter. If you get a filter with a minimum filtration rating of MERV 8, small particles like pollen, fine dust, and pet dander will get caught.

Close Your Doors and Windows

It can seem impossible to avoid exposure to pollen when the count is high. It doesn't help that pollen can travel up to 400 miles from the source. An easy way to reduce the pollen count in the home is to close your windows and doors when the pollen count is high.

Clean Your Carpets

Allergens and bacteria get caught in the fibers of carpet and build up over time. The process used by Chem-Dry of Hillsboro can clear your carpets and the indoor air of allergens and bacteria.

Get a HEPA Filter Vacuum

It's unrealistic to expect that you get your home cleaned by professionals weekly. A three-stage HEPA filter vacuum is the recommended vacuum to use once or twice weekly between professional cleanings. This type of machine will reduce dust mites, pet dander, dust, and other allergens from the surfaces in your home.

Shower Before Bed

Throughout the day, your hair can catch smoke, dust, pollen, and mold. When you retire at the end of the day, these allergens are transferred to the surface of your pillow and will most likely come in contact with your face. You can minimize allergy symptoms during the night if you take a quick shower before you lay down to rinse allergens from your hair.