As the spring season approaches, allergy sufferers have a hard time enjoying it. However, as long as you avoid these common mistakes, you can reduce how many allergy attacks you experience as a result of the change of seasons.
Sleeping With Your Pet
It might seem like a great idea to cuddle up with your furry friend, but your allergies won't be happy. While you can experience allergy attacks from pet dander during any time of the year, it tends to be worse in the spring and weeks leading up to summer. If you are waking up in the middle of the night with a stuffy nose and itchy cough, it is probably due to the puppy sleeping underneath the blankets. If you insist on having your pets in the bedroom with you, at least give them a pet bed on the floor and keep them off your bed.
Not Maintaining Your HVAC System
Belive it or not, your allergies can be connected to air conditioning and heating repairs. If you fail to treat your HVAC with regular maintenance, you could end up with a dirty filter and clogged air ducts that release dirty air into your home. This isn't going to help your allergies during the spring. When spring hits, hire an HVAC technician like the ones at Lowry Services: Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to inspect your entire HVAC system and clean out the ducts. You should also replace or clean the air filters to make sure you get out all the dust, dust mites, and pet dander.
Sleeping With the Window Open
Another common mistake to make during the spring is sleeping with the windows open. Many people choose to do this to reduce how often they need to turn on the fan or air conditioner at night. Unfortunately, you shouldn't be doing this every night if you suffer from seasonal allergies. In the spring, the wind at night can pick up pollen, which could then affect you while you are sleeping. Try to keep the windows closed as often as you can, or at least on nights that will be windy.
Not Tracking Pollen Counts
Speaking of pollen, this can be a major allergy trigger in the spring. Make sure you are checking the forecast each day and paying close attention to the pollen counts. The forecast will let you know when it is a high pollen count, which means you should stay inside as much as possible. If there is a low pollen count, take advantage and spend some time outdoors. Also look at the wind level along with pollen counts, since high winds can be another danger when you have allergies in the spring.