07 September 2020
A lot of us welcome the arrival of spring after our cold, wet winter, but it’s not as much fun for allergy sufferers. Over 100,000 kiwis suffer from hay fever during spring and summer and the pollen season is about to start.
The main causes of hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis) are indoor allergens (including house dust mites, pets, moulds) and outdoor allergens such as pollens from trees or grasses.
People with asthma are quite likely to get hay fever too. Suffering from these can have a huge impact on your quality of life and can affect sleep, work or school performance. Keeping optimal air quality in your home is important. To help, we offer free quotes for a range of home ventilation systems that can help manage your home’s air quality by filtering out allergens.
12 free tips for allergy sufferers
Some ways you can help reduce hay fever include:
- Use a dehumidifier or ventilation system to avoid damp causing mould, and to help purify the air in your home.
- Give your house a good spring clean to remove mould and dust from all surfaces, particularly in wet areas and around windows.
- Get your heating vents or heat pump vents professionally cleaned every few years to eliminate potential allergens.
- Vacuum and/or mop your floors regularly - at least 1-2 times a week. Wear a mask if you have to, and if possible, use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
- Make your bed every morning. By covering your sheets and pillows, it prevents allergens settling on your pillow, and remove any soft toys from the bedroom.
- Wash bed linens in hot water at once or twice a week to decrease the presence of allergens.
- Use a clothes dryer or inside clothes hanger to dry laundry - this will prevent pollen settling on linen on the washing line.
- If you've been out in the garden, change your clothes and wash your hair. Hair is a major carrier of pollen particles.
- Stay indoors if pollen counts are high or if it is especially windy.
- Use air-con when in the car (on recycle mode) and keep your windows up. Point the air-con vents away from your face to avoid dust etc irritating you.
- Have lawns mowed regularly as this will avoid the grass flowering.
- Keep pets outside or give them a wash up to twice a month.
It might also be time to make sure your heat pump and ventilation system are working well to keep the air clean in your home.