Originally published in March 2018

As the springtime temperatures in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, start to warm up, many of the area’s common allergens will begin to thrive. But you don’t have to suffer allergy symptoms because the pollen levels have started increasing. Here are five steps you can take to improve indoor air quality and ease springtime allergy symptoms:

Change Your HVAC Air Filter

The start of spring is the perfect time to change your HVAC air filter. By doing so, you’ll not only help prevent contaminants from circulating in your home but also help your HVAC system operate more efficiently.

Perform Outdoor Activities Later in the Day

Pollen levels are at their worst during the early hours of the morning. If you want to exercise or perform yard work, it’s still cool enough to do so during the day without getting too hot. Just remember to drink water!

Adjust Your Thermostat to an Ideal Setting

If your home is warmer than 70 degrees and has a humidity level higher than 50 percent, it’s an ideal breeding ground for dust mites and microbial growth. Keep your thermostat’s setting at 70 degrees during the spring. To manage your home’s humidity, make sure to aim for a balance between 40 and 50 percent. A humidifier can help.

Wash Your Bedding, Linen and Hair

Wash bedding and linen every week in hot water to eliminate dust and other accumulating particles. Also, since pollen can stick to your hair, remember to wash it before bedtime. Otherwise, you could be coughing all night.

Invest in Indoor Air Quality Solutions

There are plenty of indoor air quality products available that help you improve the air you breathe inside your home. One of them is the Trane CleanEffects Air Cleaner, which transforms your home into a cleaner and healthier environment. It works to remove up to 99.98% of airborne particles, including harmful bacteria and allergens.

Don’t let poor indoor air quality and allergy symptoms ruin your springtime fun. For quality indoor air quality services in Champaign, contact Mattex Heating Cooling Plumbing and Electrical at 217-355-9700. We’re standing by to help you lead a healthier life.

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