What can I do to help my indoor air quality during allergy season? 04/27/2018There are many great things that come with spring, including warmer temps and the ability to spend additional time outside. But one thing that can throw a wrench into enjoying the season is the presence of allergens. From runny noses to itchy eyes, seasonal allergies can be a pest to any of your family members. And when you wake up with these symptoms instead of feeling like you’ve had a restful night’s sleep, you’re going to want identify a solution. And while we frequently think of the outdoors when it comes to allergy season, allergens can exist within the home. Many homeowners have become increasingly invested in their indoor air quality and the impact on the home’s occupants. However, while it’s difficult to remove those allergens from the outdoors, there are steps you can take to decrease these contaminants in your home. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) identifies the following as the main sources of indoor allergens: Pets Wall-to-wall carpet Soft furniture Stuffed toys Bedding Damp areas Indoor plants Mattresses that don’t have allergy covers Pillows and bedding you can’t wash in hot water The AAFA also offers a few steps to help you control allergens in your home. Put plastic covers over all mattresses and pillows. Wash your bedding every week. Vacuum once or twice during the week. Cover your garbage cans. Keep pets out of the bedroom. Close the windows and doors to keep pollen from getting in the home. Keeping your home clean and lowering the opportunity for dust, pollen and other contaminants to enter the home will go a long way to increasing your home comfort. Make a checklist so that you can prepare your home and soak in the warmer temperatures. Don’t make this allergy season harder than it needs to be. If you would like additional information on how you can enhance your home comfort with purification or filtration systems, or if you have some questions on how to address the quality of air in your house, give Schagrin Gas Company a call at 302-658-2000 or schedule an appointment online to speak with one of our professionals.