The best part of spring is pretty simple: no more winter. The worst part of spring is the non-stop sneezing and watery eyes, with the constant need to pop antihistamines like altoids. Sure, those cherry blossoms and fresh cut lawns are like an oasis following months of grey and bitter cold. But lurking behind all those brilliant colors and serene yards are thousands of little green invaders known as pollen. Every vehicle you see on the road is a mean and green machine, and we don’t mean eco-friendly. Rather, we’re referring to the blanket of little green particles impossibly stuck to our vehicles, making them look like they spent week off-roading when they haven’t even left the driveway.

Trying to avoid pollen is like trying to avoid traffic at the Lincoln tunnel; it’s just not humanly impossible. We love nothing more than taking in all of the joys that spring has to offer, but we also don’t want to be saying Gesundheit like it were going out of style. That’s why we’re offering some helpful advice at keeping allergens out of your home.

Clean or Replace The Air Filters

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So it’s you against millions of tiny, insignificant mold spores. Unless the mold spores are trained by boxer Floyd Mayweather, then chances are you will win the battle. A well-ventilated house and non leaking ductwork is the best method of preventing allergens from entering  your home. Just be sure to use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters in the air conditioning system.

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The fact remains that the more stuff you have in your house, the greater the chance for allergens to roam free. So you’ll want to identify and toss out  of old rags, newspapers, clothes, and all other porous items.  Be sure to sift through magazines and other dust catchers that you don’t use or enjoy. I mean, do you really need to hold on to that car magazine from the 80s?  While other rooms deserve focus, your bedrooms require the most since you and allergens do the most quality bonding in there.

Eliminate Dust Producers

dustAlthough carpets and throw rugs look pretty and can make or break a room’s aura, they’re hard to enjoy when you’re sneezing non-stop. For example, fabrics and carpeting generate attract dust that then breaks down in the carpet’s fibers, making it much harder to remove. But if you’re  big fan of throw rugs–and who isn’t–then you’re best option is to use washable throw rugs over wood, linoleum, or tiled floors. And if you’re one of those people that loves the feel of carpeting when you first wake up, then just make sure to make it short and and vacuum weekly with a cleaner that contains a small-particle or high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. After all, it’s finally nice outside; it’s best that you keep it even nicer inside. Be healthy out there, and in there! And when you’re looking for a home to allergy-proof, give us a ring. We’ll always say “Gesundheit!” when you sneeze!