You know the season’s changing when you start coughing and sneezing. Often, our bodies know it before Mother Nature. Hot summer days are still there, but that cooler, mild autumn weather is starting to creep in.
Autumn and Spring bring about hazardous hayfever symptoms, so it’s good to be prepared by minimising the effects. Whether your eyes are tearing up because of the allergies or because summer is over, it’s time to start getting prepared.
Follow these four tips:
1. Keep outdoor air outside
As the temperature starts to plummet, it might seem like the perfect time to open your windows (now that you don’t need to rely on your air conditioner). And while this might be right temperature to do it, it’s not good timing-wise. There are outdoor allergens, such as pollen, that you want to avoid. Instead, use air conditioning at a comfortable temperature, at least at the beginning of the season while your body adjusts.
2. Check your air conditioner
While we’re on the topic of air conditioning, it’s important to have your system checked after a long summer. This should be done every six months, especially after a season of everyday use. There could be dust and debris trapped in the system – which affects the quality of the indoor air.
3. Control your indoors
Keep your house as clean as possible. If you can’t say no to your cute pooch hanging with you on the couch, make sure you vacuum it every day. If you have carpet, pay special attention to its cleanliness. It tends to trap allergens. An air filter might be a good investment, too.
4. Know your triggers
While spring is notorious for hayfever, allergies spike earlier on at this time of year. Mould spores are released around autumn, and become more common in the air as the leaves decay and fall to the ground. Cool autumn air promotes irritants and particles can enter your nose, eyes, ears and mouth. Hello, allergic reaction! And even staying indoors isn’t a fix because the low humidity is another major trigger of allergy symptoms – drying out mucous membranes. Get to know what you’re most sensitive to.
If your seasonal woes are making life difficult, like always having to blow your nose, start with these strategies and tailor your home to reduce the triggers of autumn allergies. And let us take care of your air conditioner maintenance. Book in a consultation today.