The birds are chirping, the insects are buzzing, and life is in full bloom. Spring has finally arrived and with it the long-awaited warmer weather. Finally, it's time to put away those overcoats and bring out the sandals.
Spring is the season of renewal, but for many people, it is the season of worries: It’s a time when allergy triggers fill the air and humidity levels rise dramatically. Also, the increase in temperature is enough to making doing everyday activities a potentially sweaty situation (particularly where we are in Atlanta). But even though the elements change, there's no need to let spring-time weather get you down. Prepare your indoor environment now and leave your worries behind. Here are a few things you can do to help get your space ready for the season.
Invest in a Portable Air Conditioner
You may find yourself a bit warmer than you’d like, particularly when you lay down to sleep. Sometimes a fan just isn’t enough. A portable air conditioner may be the answer for you. They're particularly popular in the Northeast United States where central AC isn't always available. Portable ACs generally roll into place and use a window to exhaust used, warm air. These self-contained air conditioners are highly effective at cooling single rooms or supplementing an existing central HVAC system.
Portable ACs come with different cooling capabilities, some also offer supplemental heat, and many offer convenience features that lead to more efficient and simple operation. Each model’s capacity to cool is directly related to the unit's BTU (British Thermal Units) rating per hour—which makes comparing BTUs a great way to start the shopping process. Also, a bonus to having a portable air conditioner is that it not only cools the surrounding air, it also dehumidifies it — keeping the air both cool and comfortably dry. This leads us to our second tip for weathering the effects of the upcoming warm temperatures —dehumidifiers.
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Avoid the High Humidity
In many places, humidity levels raise as the temperature increases. Too much moisture in your indoor space can be uncomfortable and unhealthy. The excess moisture allows pollutants, such as mold and mildew, to grow. The moisture can also cause a musty smell and cause fabrics and furniture to feel damp. If left unchecked, high humidity can cause long-term moisture problems can even begin to degrade the foundation and structure of your home. Less worrisome influences include moisture on your windows and hard surfaces.
A dehumidifier is the a wonderful, pretty easy-to-use solution to humidity issues. Dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air. This collected moisture is held in an internal tank, drained through a gravity hose, or pumped out using a condensate pump. Adding one to your basement or crawl space won't just take care of potential moisture issues, but they're an excellent defense against many allergies because they eliminate the humid environments that breed bacteria, dust mites, and other harmful agents such as mold—all of which can trigger allergy attacks. When the moisture level is balanced in your home, these harmful allergen triggers cannot repopulate and survive.
This leads us to our third tip, which is especially beneficial for allergy sufferers—cleaning your air with an air purifier.
Be Allergy-Free with an Air Purifier
Springtime brings a surplus of airborne pollutants. It's the season of pollen, and a sea of yellow covers every surface in sight. Luckily, pollen and other airborne allergens in your home can be treated with an air purifier.
Having an indoor environment where the air is free of pollutants will benefit everyone, especially allergy sufferers. Air purifiers clean the air of dust, dander, pollen, chemicals, and odors. They work by pulling air through a series of filters, which cleans the air by trapping polluted particles, and then the cleaned air is blown out by an electric fan.
Choosing a high-quality air purifier with a HEPA filter is ideal, as these filters are able to trap between 97%-99% of all particles from the air. Air purifiers come in many different makes and models. These machines are constructed of durable, professional-grade material and will provide years of clean, healthy air for you and your family.
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Test Your Environment
Closely monitoring your environment as the weather begins to warm up is a wise way to make sure your home is safe and healthy. Today, it is relatively simple to test your home for pollutants with a testing kit. These kits allow you to take control of your environment. You simply complete a user-friendly test, send the kit into an expert review panel, and get back accurate, timely, and understandable results.
One of the key benefits of testing is knowing what is present in your indoor environment. Knowledge provides the foundation you need to make more educated decisions about how to address the allergens/pollutants in your home. Testing kits are a one-time, affordable, do-it-yourself approach to ensuring your home is safe and allergen/pollutant free.
Be Aware, Pro-Active, and Prepared
Knowing that warm weather can bring as many changes to your indoor environment as it does to the outdoors will help you stay healthier and happier in the coming months. Warm weather doesn’t have to be worrisome. You need only be aware of the allergen triggers and pollutants that coincide with the rise in temperature. Be pro-active about combating these elements in your home with the right changes and the right products. For more information about allergens and your indoor environment, check out our article Attacking Allergens in Your Home. And lastly, nothing can make more of an impact than being prepared for what may come. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Still Have Questions?
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