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How to Reduce Pollen in Your Home

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There's a lot to be happy about during spring time. Flowers are in bloom and love is in the air - but unfortunately, so is pollen. The allergen is responsible for a great deal of discomfort among the general population, and its irritating effects are especially troublesome for allergy sufferers.

Aside from turning to certain antihistamines for relief, some people also try to stay indoors as much as possible when the pollen count is high - but that's not always helpful. The air inside can be even more polluted than the air outside.

Here's how to reduce the amount of pollen in your home so you'll be more comfortable on those days when your allergies are especially bothersome.

Keep windows shut during peak pollen times.Keep windows shut during peak pollen times.

Close the Windows
You don't necessarily need to lock yourself indoors and seal up your home every day, but when the pollen count is high, you might want to shut your bedroom windows at the very least. An open window or door can invite unwanted pollen inside with even the most gentle gust of wind. The National Institutes of Health explained that between the hours of 5 a.m. - 10 a.m.,  pollen levels are at their peak for the day. Be sure to shut your windows during these hours especially.

Use Your Clothes Dryer
You might want to save energy by hanging your clothes outside to dry, but that might not be the best idea if you happen to suffer from allergies. Pollen can cling to your clothes, which can in turn transport the allergen back into your home. Throw your shirts and pants in the dryer and lessen the chance of accumulating irritating particles.

"Use an air conditioner to cool down."

Opt for Air Conditioners
As it gets warmer, you'll want to change the air in your home so it's a more comfortable temperature. Running a fan could stir up pollen and other irritants around your home. Instead, use an air conditioner to cool down.

Be Cautious with Pets
Your dog or cat can bring pollen indoors if you're not careful. Be sure to regularly bathe your pe‚Äčt to reduce the amount of irritants he transports inside. You might also want to set rules that keep him out of your bedroom and off furniture that you frequently use.