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Allergies Ahoy! Preemptive Steps to Outsmart Allergens

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Jessica
03.16.14

Heads up – this year, allergy season is coming early! For many of us, the start of spring will mean warmer weather, outdoor activities and an appetite for all things grilled. But for the 40 million allergy sufferers in the United States, March will also bring wheezing, itchy eyes and painful sinus pressure.

Believe it or not, tree pollen is already on the rise in most parts of the United States. If you’re suffering from any hay fever symptoms, blame your favorite trees – their pollen is king during the spring allergy season, followed closely by grass and ragweed.

If you’re feeling the pain every time you inhale, make your house an allergy-free zone. By doing a few chores before allergy season is in full swing, you’ll be able to avoid a lot of the uncomfortable symptoms! 

1. Shut Your Doors and Windows

Tree pollen frequently comes right through your front door, so keep your doors and windows shut! Inspect your windows and make sure there aren’t any cracks. If you spot a few, a quick caulk mission will fix the problem.

2. Change Your Air Filters

Think of your air filter as the bouncer at an exclusive club – it’s crucial if you want to keep pesky allergens off the dance floor (the dance floor is the air in your house). It takes less than two minutes to change your air filter, and they’re usually less than $30, so this one is a cinch!

3. Inspect Your Air Ducts 

Your air ducts pump air around your house like Arnold pumps iron, and all of that moving air can make your air ducts dirty. Clean ductwork translates to better indoor air quality and less dust and allergens floating around, so take 30 minutes out of your day and inspect your ducts before allergy season arrives in full force:

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