Although it certainly does not feel like spring in February, that is a good month to mark your calendar to start thinking and preparing for spring allergy season. Steps taken early on can make the difference between sneezing your way through spring and enjoying your way through it. Using an air purifier for spring allergies is the best way to get ready for the onslaught of pollen.
If you have filters on your central heating and air conditioning system, these must also be considered. Although, in modern society, the concept of spring cleaning may be fading away, some people still do it, and it is a time when your air purifier may be put to good use.
In preparation for spring allergy season, check your calendar or notes on your air purifier (if it does not have a monitor which tells you when the filters should be changed) to determine whether cleaning is in order, a pre-filter should be ordered, or even a HEPA filter.
If you ordered your air purifier from AirPurifiers.com and do not know when it is time to add new filters, feel free to contact us, and we will tell you if your air purifier is due for a filter change. If you have HEPA filters on your central system, check into having those replaced well before the allergy season begins. Remember, using HVAC HEPA filters as your primary source of allergy protection is an insufficient solution, but combining the power of a HEPA air purifier with a new HVAC HEPA air filter will help you stay away from allergy symptoms.
If you do spring cleaning – shaking out the rugs, and cleaning the drapes and upholstery, be sure to run your air purifier on the highest speed for several hours after the cleaning. Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter is also a good idea at this time. Be sure you have enough air purifier units to keep the main living areas of your house clean. If you are planning to landscape or update your garden in the spring, consider plantings that limit the amount of pollen in your yard. Male trees produce pollen, so you might consider just planting female trees, although some trees are both, and it can be difficult to know what to plant. If you do plant trees that produce a lot of pollen, try not to plant them under the window of your child’s bedroom! And be sure your child has an air purifier in his or her room, so after playing in the garden (and bathing to remove the pollens in skin and on hair), the child can sleep well without allergy symptoms.
Tips for the Allergy Sufferer
A HEPA air purifier for allergies will surely do the job, but make sure you take allergy precautions like monitoring the daily pollen count. Plan your outdoor activities on lower pollen count days. After rain is the best time. Typically in the spring, early morning is the time of the highest pollen count. Regardless of how fresh you think hanging your clothes outside to dry makes them, don’t do it during the spring pollen season. If possible, keep your windows closed and your air purifier running 24/7. If you do want to have windows open, you might consider turning your air purifier off for a while, then turning it back on when you’ve closed them and letting the air purifier run on high for an hour or two.