Protect Your Kids from Allergies this Spring!

  • Wednesday, 23rd September, 2015

If this spring season means hay fever for your children, ducted air conditioning can help to combat allergens in your home. Australia has one of the highest rates for allergies in the world  and seeing your child suffer from hay fever isn’t pleasant.

Hay fever is a common condition in spring because it is often caused by an allergy to grass pollen. It can also be a reaction to dust mites, mould, animal fur or hair which can cause hay fever symptoms throughout the year. Symptoms are similar to a cold, where the eyes and nose are inflamed, which causes sneezing, congestion, runny nose, itching, watery eyes and sinus pressures.

This article will offer suggestions to hopefully help you reduce hay fever symptoms and allergens in your home, ultimately making your home more comfortable for you and your little ones.

1. Wash bed linen on a regular basis

Washing your bed linen, or any other linen around the house, on a weekly basis will get rid of dust and pollen particles that may be trapped in the sheets.

2. Vacuum carpets often

Disposing of dust, hair, dirt and pollen that might be in your carpet twice a week will also reduce hay fever symptoms.\

3. Use your air conditioning opposed to opening windows

Pollen can come in from outside through an open window.  Air conditioning also has filters to stop you breathing in allergens and other bacteria.

4. Perform a thorough spring cleaning of your home

This includes replacing or cleaning air conditioning filters. Also consider getting an air conditioning service technician to professionally clean your ducts and vents to maintain cleanliness. Booking a service is the best way to maintain a fully operational ducted air conditioning system, which will improve air health within your home.

5. Limit the amount of time your pets come inside in the house

Animals shed fur, which can be highly irritating to people with hay fever. If your pet has full access to your house at any time, try to reduce this to only coming in at night to sleep. Also keeping your pet off beds and furniture will help immensely as well.

6. Consider hanging clothes inside to dry

Pollen can attach very easily to clothing that has been hung on a clothesline outside.

7. Check all damp areas in your home

Check the bathroom, laundry, and kitchen frequently for mould and mildew. Use nontoxic cleaners to remove visible mould.

8. Try to avoid times for pollen exposure

10am to 4pm is the worst time throughout the day for pollen air flow especially if it is a hot, dry, and windy day.

9. Leave shoes outside the door

Make sure everyone that comes inside the home takes their shoes off before entering and leaves them outside.

10. Dust your window coverings

Curtains, blinds and shutters collect a lot of dust. Clean these thoroughly with a duster and vacuum.

Implementing these 10 steps should reduce hay fever symptoms in your home and hopefully protect your children from pollen and allergens in the air that they could potentially inhale. It is important your air conditioning system is kept clean. Call Quality Air today to book an air conditioning service on 07 3395 7633, or alternatively click below for a call back.

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