The pollen reports for Corpus Christi, Texas, indicate that spring is officially here. In fact, the pollen levels are already at their seasonal peak. Tree pollen is highly active. At the moment, the top allergens are oak, ash and hackberry. If you suffer from allergies, follow these four tips to ease springtime allergy symptoms and breathe easier:

Keep Windows and Doors Closed

Stopping pollen from entering your home is key to easing allergy symptoms. When the local pollen count is high, keep your home’s windows and doors closed. Remember to also set your air conditioner to re-circulate to avoid drawing in outdoor air that’s rich in pollen.

Stays Indoors During Certain Times

Pollen counts are at their highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. Staying inside during this period can help ease allergy symptoms. You should also limit going outside on days that are especially warm, dry and windy. Conversely, the best time for allergy sufferers to perform outdoor activities is immediately after a heavy rainfall.

Wash, Wash and Wash Some More

Removing pollen is the name of the game. Make it a habit to wash your hands and face every time you return home. Change and wash clothes frequently too. To keep pollen off your bedding, you should bathe and shampoo your hair every day before going to bed. Remember to also wash bedding in hot and soapy water at least once per week.

Maintain Healthy Indoor Air Quality

When pollen counts are at their highest, your home becomes a sanctuary. But for ultimate protection, you must maintain healthy air quality inside it. There’s a range of indoor air quality products that help, including air cleaners, ventilators and ultraviolet lights. Use a combination of these devices to keep your home’s air fresh and free from pollen.

Duct cleaning also helps improve your home’s air quality. Contact Bodine-Scott today at (361) 883-9900 to schedule an appointment or learn more about the indoor air quality services we offer to homeowners in Corpus Christi.

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