Reduce allergens in your home during allergy season

Published by Parisa Ostovari

woman sneezing from allergies

Allergy season is my least favorite time of the year. I dread late summer when I know I’ll come down with a case of red, itchy, burning eyes. I have a feeling many of you know exactly what I’m talking about. Did you know it’s estimated that over 50 percent of homes have at least six detectable allergens present inside? While there’s not much we can do to rid the outdoor air of pollen and allergens, we can make our homes a safe haven.

The easiest step to take is to keep your windows closed. This will reduce the amount of allergens invading your house. Unfortunately, there’s another way allergens get into our homes: us. We don’t stay in our homes 24/7. We go to work, school, the store, the homes of family and friends, wherever. When we get back home, the allergens follow us right inside on our clothes, shoes and hair. So it is important to make sure to keep a clean house — vacuum the carpet, dust surfaces and wash bed sheets to remove the allergens we bring in.

The next step is upgrading to high-efficiency furnace filters. These filters grab and trap more allergens and dust than standard filters. This is an affordable option for people looking for cleaner air in their home.

Finally, to really gain significant relief from allergens in your home, we recommend investing in a home air cleaner. We offer the Dynamic Air Cleaner, which works with your current heating and cooling system. It is easily installed using the existing filter tracks. Once in place, it forms an electronic polarized-filter field. Airborne particles pass through the field and adhere to the filter. The Dynamic Air Cleaner removes an impressive 97 percent of particles. It removes odors, airborne pathogens, pollen and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

It’s important to note that the filter and Dynamic Air Cleaner will not provide any benefits if your air conditioning system is not running. There are two misconceptions out there about running your blower continuously: 1) it costs more and 2) the blower motor will wear out faster. This is just not the case because 1) the electricity usage spikes to start the motor, then drops down to almost nothing while it runs and 2) the motor has highest potential for failure when starting and that’s when the wear and tear takes place.

Homeowners who have made the investment in the Dynamic Air Cleaner tell me it’s made a huge difference. Regardless of the financial level you are willing and able to invest, implement one or more of these easy steps to reduce allergens in your home, and relieve yourself of those red, itchy, burning eyes and all those other terrible allergy symptoms.