Allergies tend to take us by surprise, especially if we only have spring-related allergies like pollen. Our symptoms subside over the winter and then with the first warm breezy day we start sneezing. Here are some preemptive measures you can take before spring allergy season 2016 takes hold.
- Complete An Early Spring Cleaning
The dust that has lain dormant over the winter will be whipped up into an allergy frenzy when you open the windows on the first warm day of spring. Do a thorough spring cleaning. Be sure to change air filters in your furnace and clean air vents throughout the house.
- Don’t Take Pollen to Bed
Bedding can actually accrue pollen and other allergens as you come and go from your home on temperate days. Wash your sheets weekly in hot water to prevent allergen build-ups. This is especially true for pillow cases!
- Shower Before Bed
Further prevent allergens from following you to bed by showering at night. Pollen particles can cling to hair and skin.
- Get an Air Purifier
Air purifiers are especially helpful on high pollen count days. Choose an air purifier with a True HEPA filter that cleans 99.97% of allergy-causing irritants from the air such as pollen, ragweed, animal dander, and mold spores. Many air purifiers also include a carbon filter for reducing odors, certainly an added benefit. Running an air purifier in your bedroom at night also helps you sleep better. If you do, get one that runs quietly. Also make sure to change your filter regularly. Find an air purifier with a filter change indicator so you don’t have to keep checking.
New AeraSmart™ Sensor Technology monitors the air quality and automatically adjusts the fan speed to keep your air purified.
- Avoid Hair Products if Possible
Hair gels and sprays are pollen magnets. If you must use hair products, at least rely on step 3 to wash hair thoroughly at the end of the day.
- Remove Shoes At Home Shoes, like hair and skin can pick up allergen particles that have settled on the ground. Wearing shoes indoors can circulate those particles in your house.
- Wear Shades Outside Pollen and other allergens and accumulate around the eyes. Sunglasses can protect the eye areas.
Whether for allergies or asthma, or simply as a well-being measure to help improve your indoor air, selecting the right air purifier for your home can be a daunting task. With so many models available, it can be difficult the choose the best air cleaner for your needs. Here are some simple tips to help make your air purifier selection:
Insight into Air Purifier Filters
- True HEPA filter. This is a must-have feature for any air purifier purchase. This filter type safely removes 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander and cigarette smoke. Selecting an air purifier with this filter ensures the highest performance for cleaning indoor air.
- Treated filters. If you are looking for extra clean air, you might look for HEPA filters with antimicrobial treatment. This provides built-in protection from the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mildew, and fungi on the True HEPA filter.
- Carbon filters. Though not necessarily cleaning the air, carbon filters are great for reducing household odors. It’s perfect for any location in the home where odors tend to occur regularly. Carbon filter air purifiers are especially great for a baby’s room air purifier where dirty diapers leave their trademark scent. You may want to look for an air purifier with both True HEPA and carbon filters in the same machine.
Determining Air Purifier Room Size
Often air cleaners are selected based entirely on price. But this can be deceiving, and probably disappointing when you find out that your air purifier doesn’t seem to be performing as well as you thought. Smaller air purifiers may be less expensive, but may not clean the air in the room size you have at home. Be sure to measure the space where you want to use your air purifier so you can make the best choice in terms of air coverage.
100-200 square feet ( great for small rooms like nurseries or a home office)
200-400 square feet (perfect for average size rooms like bedrooms)
300-600 square feet (covers large areas like big family rooms or living rooms)
Other features to consider:
- If you suffer from allergies or want to keep your indoor clean during cold and flu season, consider air purifiers with added performance features during these key periods like Aera+ Mode
- Filter change indicators are great to help maintain clean air filters without having to continually check inside the machine. An indicator light simply tells you when it is time to get a new filter. This feature is especially helpful for air purifiers that run continuously.
- Quiet performance. Allergy sufferers often run air purifiers while they sleep. An air purifier that runs quietly is essential for peaceful rest with cleaner air.
- Pet air purifiers. If you have pets, that means dander and odors are something you contend with daily. Pet air purifiers assist with cleaning the air of pet-related airborne particles.