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Avoiding Northern Virginia’s Worst Fall Allergy Triggers at Home

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Last Updated on: January 9, 2024

Spring isn’t the only time of year when allergy sufferers sniffle and sneeze. Autumn can be just as bad – and sometimes worse – depending what triggers your allergies.

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Close Your Windows

We wait all summer for the chance to fling open our windows and enjoy the crisp fall air, but if you’re prone to seasonal allergies, you need to think twice about opening those windows. Morning tends to be the worst time of day for pollen, so it’s especially important to keep your home closed up then. It’s also a good idea to monitor pollen counts and make smart choices when it comes to opening your windows at other times.

Change Your Filters Regularly or Upgrade Your Home Air Filtration System

WebMD (among other sources) highly recommend using (and regularly changing) the air filters in your home to cut down on allergy symptoms. These filters work with your heating and cooling system to trap fine particulates like pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and other common allergens before they get blown into the air you breathe at home. We recommend the Aprilaire Media Air Cleaner filters or upgrading your system to the Aprilaire 5000 that is 99.9% effective at reducing allergens.

Consider a Whole House Humidifier

Home humidifiers serve many purposes. They make the air more comfortable, reduce dryness in your eyes and skin, and contribute to your health throughout the year. A whole house humidifier is recommended for every family, but it can be especially important for allergy sufferers. Autumn dryness brings out dust mites, a very common and very sneaky allergen. While it can be hard to rid your home entirely, you can make these mites feel most unwelcome by keeping your home’s humidity on track.

Install Air Scrubber Plus

If your seasonal allergies are severe, the Air Scrubber Plus system is an ideal way remove as many allergens as possible from your home. While the system itself isn’t cheap, it’s hard to put a price on comfort! When you remove the pollutants from your air, you and your family can breathe easier all autumn long.

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