Many people associate allergies with spring and autumn, but winters in Perry, Georgia, can impose their fair share of allergens. Protect your family and your home from unwelcome irritants with these two allergy management tips.
Colds Versus Allergies: Know the Difference
Colds and allergies often share similar symptoms including:
- Runny nose
- Heavy cough
- Sore throat
- Excess sneezing
Allergy symptoms tend to be ongoing, while the symptoms of a common cold can disappear within a few days. Symptoms such as chills and achy joints are common to colds but do not occur with allergies. Nevertheless, and especially when symptoms are severe, it is always best to consult your physician for an accurate diagnosis and to ensure you get the right treatment.
Secure Your Home: Wage War Against Allergens
Your indoor air quality can protect you from winter allergens. Avoid tracking in pollen and leaves by wiping your feet on a mat outside your front door. Change your HVAC system’s air filter at least once every month to avoid cycling irritants throughout your home. You might also want to add an air cleaner to your HVAC system.
An air cleaner neutralizes allergens, so you don’t have to deal with the negative symptoms. A humidifier can also help fight allergies during the dry winter months. Increasing the humidity levels will help you to breathe more easily, and modern humidifiers have accurate monitors that will shut off the system to avoid adding too much humidity to the air.
Finally, keep your home clean. Vacuum and mop your floors, dust hard surfaces, clean off your upholstery and change your bedding. You’ll reduce your exposure to dust mites and other irritants that can trigger allergies.
All of these tips will help you to manage winter allergies; and fortunately, many of these solutions will also remove cold and flu viruses from your home. To learn more about indoor air quality or our air cleaner and humidifier installation services, call Pruett Air Conditioning today at 478-225-4921. We’ll help you to protect your home against allergens and other irritants.