Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again. What’s more, the famous groundhog known as “Punxsutawney Phil” didn’t see his shadow on February 2nd. According to the tradition, that means an early arrival for birds chirping, abundant sunlight, warm temperatures and green vegetation. So many trees, flowers and other plants blossom with life in Redding! So many activities to enjoy – like hiking, biking, picnicking in a park or on the riverside, or seeing a concert in the open air.
For many people, it’s a mixed blessing. All the blooming plant life eventually gives them a blooming headache – along with watery eyes, runny nose, sore throat, and even drowsiness. But this time of year is meant to be enjoyed, not dreaded. Thankfully, there are steps we can take to help us cope with allergic reactions so we can get more out of Springtime.
- Keep clean – just being outside allows for whatever pollen is in the air to settle on our clothes and ourselves. Consider showering or changing clothes often during Spring. Some allergy sufferers recommend washing your hair at night before bed, rather than in the morning. This removes any allergens that might have caught a ride during the day. It also prevents you from breathing in all that stuff throughout the night or allowing it to get “embedded” in your bed. Using a saline sinus rinse also sets you up for a good night’s sleep, removing pollens and allergens from your nose.
- Use a face mask – okay, many people might feel silly or get self-conscious walking around wearing a face mask. However, this option is becoming more and more accepted in American communities. Certainly, one main reason to use a face mask is to protect others when you are suffering from a contagious cold, but if it protects you from suffering from allergic reactions, then why not use it?
- Keep your home clean – We want to relax in our homes, not feel miserable from allergies. Be vigilant with your housekeeping, not merely for your annual “spring cleaning” event. Dust and vacuum regularly to remove any straggling allergens like pollen, pet dander and dust mites. Change your bedding weekly, and don’t let your dirty laundry pile up. The more frequent you clean it during spring, the less allergen stay around to affect you. Also, depending on your detergent, it could supply you with a more frequent refreshing scent.
- Maintain your filters – Your air conditioning system has filters to capture airborne particles. Make sure to change them out regularly. If you don’t already have a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter or two, they are a great investment against allergens. In fact, many vacuums automatically come with HEPA filters built in. Speaking of which, make sure to vacuum your carpets frequently – they are the biggest air filter in your home, after all.
- Moderate your home’s air quality – mites, mold and mildew thrive in warm, humid environments. If possible, keep your home’s temperature down below 75 degrees and below 50 percent humidity. Typically, this includes stopping certain family members from standing in front of the refrigerator with the door open. Consider investing in an air purifier or a dehumidifier to keep the climate under your control, as well as your allergies.
- Professional carpet cleaning – Last, but definitely not least, call up your friends at Preferred Carpet Care or schedule an appointment on our website. We not only thoroughly clean carpets, but we can help with area rugs, upholstery, tile and grout, mattresses, and even car interiors. We’re skilled and experienced at removing allergens from the home, and we have further tips and pointers to help keep them out. That way you can enjoy Springtime the way it was intended!
For more tips on keeping allergies at bay, or to schedule your next carpet or other household cleaning, contact our team today!
- Posted by Rod Barth
- On March 5, 2020