Allergy season in Modesto is set to start again around April 1st. If someone you care about suffers from seasonal allergies, you want to do everything in your power to make them more comfortable, especially in your home. This year, there are new options you can use to reduce the impact of seasonal allergies.

Here are our tips for surviving allergy season in Modesto:

Start with Knowledge

Allergy experts suggest that you start taking your daily allergy pill a few days before allergy season starts. To do so, you can use Pollen.com’s allergy outlook to find out when the seasonal allergies that affect you will begin, and which days will be worse. If you act quickly, you can avoid feeling the full brunt of your allergies.

Double-Down on Spring Cleaning

It is that time of year to clean. Target your cleaning efforts towards your household fabrics, which will hold on to pollen and other allergens. Wash curtains, bed-sheets, carpets, rugs, and even fabric furniture to get rid of lingering allergens. It’s wise to do this again just before summer, as your fabric will have picked up more spring pollen by then.

Avoid Volatile Organic Compounds

Your respiratory system will be stressed from your allergies, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can make your symptoms worse by triggering further allergic reactions or irritation. This toxic chemicals are common in our homes, released by:

  • New fabrics and furniture
  • Paint
  • Insulation
  • Scented candles
  • Cleaning products
  • Aerosol sprays
  • Craft materials, including glue

Avoiding these products can go a long way to calming your irritated nose, throat and eyes. You can also use a HEPA filter to remove VOCs. It will also capture seasonal pollen and pet dander, to improve your allergies year round. You could also use specific indoor plants to absorb some VOCs from the air.

Update Your HVAC System

Allergy medication is great for when you’re outside, but when you’re in your home, you don’t want to have to take a pill to keep from sneezing or having watery eyes. Thankfully, there is still enough time for you to make some changes to your HVAC system before peak allergy season so you can be more comfortable in your home.

One of the best ways to reduce your home’s pollen and allergen count is to install Mitsubishi ductless systems. These clever devices cool your home without using the duct system, so they don’t push allergens and pet hair through your home.

Many Mitsubishi ductless systems also have multistage filters that can remove the contaminants that trigger your allergies. In fact, these filters are so powerful that they can absorb odors from the air. If you find yourself cleaning your HVAC filters often to remove more allergens, you’ll be pleased that Mitsubishi Ductless Systems can have washable filters, which eliminates the cost of buying new filters.

Maintain Your HVAC System

If you’re not ready to update your HVAC system, you can still make your existing system work with you to beat your allergies. For example, changing out your air conditioner filter regularly can allow it to capture more of the allergens in the air.

You may also want to fix any condensation problems your air conditioner has. If it is dripping, the moisture can contribute to mold and dust allergies, which are the last thing you want when it’s already allergy season.

Improve Other Air Quality

Spring makes you want to throw open your windows and let the fresh air in. However, allergy sufferers are reluctant to do so, with good reason. If you’re among them, you can get that fresh air feeling in the spring without exposing yourself to the allergens raging outside.

  • Choose an exhaust or whole house fan to move stale air out of your home
  • Clean your ducts to remove dust, debris, mold, and other sources of allergies
  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce allergy symptoms and mold growth

Allergy season is pretty rough in Modesto, but just a few of these changes can make a big difference in your home air quality and your allergy symptoms. The team at Irish Heating and Air wishes you well for allergy season in Modesto.