Opening the windows to let in some fresh air can be such a delight this time of year. Except, of course, if you have seasonal allergies. Allergy season generally begins in March with tree pollen and ends in August with grass pollen, so it can be hard to find relief. Fortunately, there are ways that you can allergy-proof your home to minimize your suffering. These are the best tips we’ve discovered for keeping allergies at bay in your home.

Make your home a no-shoe zone

There are many reasons why it can be good to remove your shoes when you get home. And one of the big ones is that it will help reduce your allergies. Pollen and other allergens can hitch a ride into your home via your shoes, thereby spreading the problem around your home. Remove your shoes as soon as you enter and encourage your guests to do the same. It won’t completely eliminate the allergens you bring inside, but it will greatly reduce them.

Wipe down your pets

Pets are another easy way for allergens to enter your living space. Think about it – every time you take your dog out for a walk it probably likes to sniff every plant it encounters. Pollen can easily hide in pet fur, which can then spread around your home. Try using pet wipes and wipe your furry friend down every time they come inside.

Take a shower

We hate to break it to you, but just like your pet and your shoes, allergens can attach themselves to your clothes and body, too. One of the best ways to combat this problem is to shower after you’ve been outside for more than a few minutes. Be sure to throw your clothes directly in the laundry as pollen attached to clothing can be transferred to upholstery, too.

Change your filters

You should be cleaning or changing your air filters regularly as part of the routine maintenance of your home. Having clean air filters helps to ensure your appliances run efficiently. But it also helps to make sure that your home is free of allergens. If you haven’t already done so, then now is the time to clean or change the air filters in your home.

Invest in an air purifier

If your allergies are particularly bad, then you may want to consider purchasing an air purifier for your home. While air purifiers can be expensive, they can cut down considerably on the number of allergens in the air. Try putting them in the rooms where you spend the most time, including your home office and your bedroom.

Protect your car

Finally, it’s not just your home you should consider when creating a defense strategy against allergens. Your car can become a host for pollen and other allergens, too. When you park on the street or in a parking lot outside, allergens can accumulate in your air vents. That means your allergies could be triggered every time you turn on your car. When possible, park your car inside a garage to help keep allergens under control.

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