You can’t control how much pollen is in the air outside, but you can control the allergens in your own home. Allergies can be very uncomfortable; sneezing, watery eyes, and an itchy nose are not always avoidable when you go outdoors, but there is no reason to suffer those symptoms because of poor indoor air quality. You may not be thinking about spring allergies yet, but there are some activities you can do now to reduce their impact when spring arrives in New Jersey. Air Filters – Replace old filters with fresh ones. If you have severe allergies, you may want to consider high-efficiency air filters to remove as many allergens as possible. Clean Windows – If cleaning your windows is not already a part of your spring-cleaning chores, it should be. Removing dirt, dust, and cobwebs from windows (both inside and outside) will reduce the areas where pollen can build up, so when you do open your windows, only fresh air will come inside. Garage – If you have an attached garage, you should use it in the spring. It may be a beautiful day, but when you walk outside from the car to the front door, your clothes and hair will pick up pollen and bring it inside, affecting your indoor air quality. Parking the car in the garage also prevents it from getting coated with pollen and other allergens. Lawn and Garden – This is the perfect time of year to pull weeds before they start making pollen-producing blooms. Dead leaves on the grass also create an environment for mold; cleaning them up now will help prevent spores from affecting your allergies. Air Cleaners – Even your best efforts may not prevent pollen, dust, dust mites, bacteria, and molds from building up in your home and affecting your indoor air quality. Portable or whole-house air cleaners can be used year-round to reduce allergies, asthma attacks, and even household odors. The professionals at Pipe Works Services can perform an indoor air quality test to help you determine exactly what particles in the air may be affecting your family’s health. Call us today for a consultation. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.