With the fall’s cooler temperatures, many people want to spend time on their patios to enjoy the weather. For those with allergies, however, ragweed, mold, and dust can trigger unpleasant symptoms during this season. The good news is that there are steps you can take to avoid watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, and other reactions.
3 Steps to Take to Avoid Fall Allergens
1. Purify Indoor Air
While keeping the windows closed and cleaning the house will help reduce the number of allergens in your home, these steps aren’t always enough. Installing high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) air filters in your HVAC unit will trap more pollen and dust than a standard filter.
Using a dehumidifier to keep the indoor humidity levels under 45% will also reduce the risk of mold or mildew growth.
2. Wear Protective Clothing Outside
When you need to go outside, taking a few precautionary steps will go a long way in alleviating allergy symptoms. Take an antihistamine an hour before going out. Wear pants and long-sleeved shirts to keep pollen away from your skin.
If you need to rake leaves, wear a breathable face mask to provide added protection from the pollen that gets stirred up. Change out of these clothes when you return inside to avoid spreading particles indoors.
3. Screen In Your Patio
If you want to sit on your patio to enjoy the outdoors, you need to take steps to limit your exposure to pollen. Screening in the area will keep out the airborne contaminants. Better yet, a screen will provide year-round benefits by keeping out mosquitoes, flies, and other insects.
If you’re looking to install a LifeRoom® screen to minimize the allergens entering your patio, contact Patio Designers. Serving Northern California, this family-owned and -operated company will update your home with their Pollen Guard screens, which capture up to 99% of all pollen and microscopic airborne irritants. Visit them online to learn more about LifeRoom features or call (877) 757-2846 to schedule an appointment.