Fall allergy sufferers in Cincinnati can agree on one thing: Cincinnati is a tough city to be in when it comes to allergies!
In fact, some reports have even placed Cincinnati as the 56th worst city for those with fall allergies, thanks in part to a report from Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (1).
From now until October, allergens such as weeds (think: ragweed) and mold can be major culprits outdoors. Pollen tends to peak in the early afternoon, and it can worsen when nights are cool, and when days are warm and dry.
So what can you do about it to do your best to fight allergies and keep those particles outside? Here are 5 steps you can take to fight fall allergies right now:
- Clean to reduce allergens and dust
- Change out your air filters
- Get your regular HVAC tune-up
- Keep the windows shut
- Find an air purifier that’s right for your home
Keep reading to dig into each.
1. Clean to reduce allergens, including dust
Cleaning and dusting go a long way when it comes to minimizing the allergens (and the dust, which contributes to allergies) then end up in your home. Take these steps when you can:
- Use mats in the entry ways of your building when possible.
- Be sure your air purifier is working properly. If you don’t have one, ask us for what’s a fit for your home.
- Use allergen-reducing fabrics on furniture when possible.
- Keep areas clean and reduce clutter which can help reduce dust build-up.
- Encourage regular vacuuming.
- Avoid grooming your pet indoors.
- Be sure those cleaning are using cloths that remove dust, not just move the dust. For example, microfiber cloths work well to do so. (2)
2. Change out your air filters
Air filters are the top way to regularly and consistently eliminate mold, pollen, spores and other contaminants throughout your home or living area. Good air filters keep your home cleaner and they keep you and your family healthier. But the key is that those air filters need to be changed regularly, and on-time, to work as they should.
When changed out on-time and regularly, air filters help to combat the following allergens:
- Dust mites
- Pollen (which is actually present year-round)
- Molds and other fungus
- Cockroaches (but also other bugs)
- Waste particles
- Pet dander
- Particles from nearby construction or combustion
- Dead skin flakes
- Odors and smells
3. Get your regular HVAC tune-up
Regular maintenance of your heating and cooling system helps it to run efficiently and optimally. To protect the health of your family and to fight those allergens, of course you want to make sure it is running as it should.
Other benefits of your AC tune-up include that you are increasing the overall efficiency of your system, which means you can save money thanks to the preventative maintenance…but the real takeaway here is that tune-ups make sure your system is able to do its best to keep your indoor air quality high.
4. Keep the windows shut
Even though it may have been what you did growing up, it’s best to keep windows shut to keep allergens out. Pollutants can—and will—get into your home when you open the windows, so keep them shut to do your best to keep them out. The same goes true for your doors—avoid propping them open or keeping them open for long periods of time.
5. Find an air purifier that’s right for your home
Air purifiers work to sanitize the air. They typically emit negative ions, ozone, utilizing heat or they use UV or UVC lamps to help sanitize the air. We can thank them for helping us reduce odors and getting rid of things that do, generally speaking, potentially make us sick or worsen allergies.
One high quality air purifier we offer is the iWave. Whenever air passes over the iWave, ions produced by the device reduce pathogens, allergens, particles, smoke and odors in the air. In turn that helps to create a healthy environment where the air is both clean and pure (3).
iWave uses patented technology, called needle-point bi-polar ionization—which yes, is quite a mouthful! This special technology creates equal amounts of positive and negative ions. When these ions are injected into the air stream, they break down passing pollutants and gases into harmless compounds like oxygen, carbon dioxide, nitrogen and water vapor, as described by iWave (3). Even if that’s not the air purifier for you, we’re here to help you find the device that’s right for your home.
Greater Comfort is Here to Help You With Indoor Air Problems
With options like top-of-the-line air filters, humidity control systems, UV germicidal lights, we have the tools (and knowledge) to make your building’s air fresh and clean. Those are just a few of the things we can help you with to combat allergies and to also prevent people from getting sick.
Call the experts at Greater Comfort today to ensure that your air quality is as clean as possible this fall: 859-491-4915.