Spring is in the air – finally – and we love to bring the outdoors inside. A cool spring breeze is a welcome change to freshen the indoor air, which is a great remedy for the stale air that characterizes sick building syndrome. But another air quality problem accompanies the warm weather – the bursts of pollen from trees and flowers that are also pleased with the warming weather. Preserve the quality of your home’s air by keeping the pollen out.
Prevent the Intrusion
When the pollen counts are high, keep the doors and windows closed. Pollen counts in your area can be predicted like the weather, and you will usually hear the pollen report on the local news weather report. Need a more on-demand report? Use the pollen.com Allergy Forecast or the weather.com PollenCast.
Place a good floor mat at all the exterior doors. Most contaminants, including pollen, enter the home on your shoes and are then dispersed throughout the interior. A quality door mat reduces not only the amount of pollen creeping into your home, but also dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants.
Are you traveling to a destination that’s in the middle of its high pollen season? Like Charleston in March and April? Consider staying near the ocean – not only are the views nice, but the outdoor air quality is as well!
Clear The Air
Filter out the pollen, dust, mold, and other pollutants from inside your home with the filter(s) in your home’s central air system. A high quality air filter is worth every penny, as it traps those pollutants and prevents them from recirculating throughout the house and contaminating the air ducts. Change air filters regularly – usually around 90 days, but more often during high pollen season.
The ducts of your HVAC system need to be cleaned periodically – usually every 5-10 years – especially if low quality filters have been used in the past. Locate and hire a company with expertise in enhancing indoor air quality, ensuring they use a brush system that removes dirt, mold, and pollen – request before and after photographs of the interior of the ducts.
The largest filter in your home is the flooring, especially carpets. Choose a vacuum cleaner with HEPA filtration, and use it regularly, 2-3 times per week. Remember to also clean along carpet edges and upholstered furniture where dust and pollen accumulates.