Spring is here, and that means one thing in Georgia, POLLEN. Even if you try to avoid the outdoors during the high pollen count, it can seem as you’re laying in a field of flowers when you’re inside your home. If you’re like the majority and want to avoid watery eyes, scratchy throat and itchy nose, hopefully some of the tips below will help!
- Strip – Yep, you read that right. Strip your sheets, clothes, air filters. If you can remove clothes that you wore outside before entering the house without alarming your neighbors, I’d recommend it. Remember to take off your shoes too, especially if you have carpet. You don’t want to drag pollen all through your home. Shower immediately to remove the pollen from your body. For your sheets, be sure to wash your fabrics and sheets in hot soapy water and dry them in a super hot dryer (do not hang dry your clothes, pollen will collect on them).
- Use a HEPA filter – These air filters capture even the tiniest particulates floating around the air, helping you breathe easy. You can get a HEPA filter that is designed for just one room, for your air conditioner, your vacuum, your forced air heater, or your car.
- Ditch your drapes – Blinds or shades trap fewer allergens than fabric window treatments, but if you prefer on curtains, try out the machine-washable kind, which are easier to keep dust-free. Remove dust by vacuuming once a week with a brush attachment, and wash them frequently during months when you keep the windows open.
- Check your vents – Do your kitchen and bathroom fans just re-circulate indoor air or vent it to the attic? If you can replace them with true exhaust vans that direct particles outside of the home, you will notice a world of difference.
These few tips may give you a breath of fresh air this Spring. Try it out and let us know your favorite tips! House hunting is also popular in the Spring – give us a call and one of our Buyer Specialists would love to help you find your perfect home!
Written by Brennan Ballard, Buyer Specialist, The Peters Company