Ragweed season has arrived, and if you have fall allergies, one strategy for alleviating your suffering is to monitor your indoor air quality. Some general tips to keep in mind include Remaining indoors during times of day when ragweed pollen counts are at their highest. Ragweed plants release pollen during the early morning hours. Before you come inside, wipe your feet on an outdoor doormat and leave your coat and shoes at the door. Wash linens and sheets in hot water regularly to remove traces of ragweed pollen that may accumulate. Keep your windows closed to prevent the wind from forcing ragweed pollen into your home. Shower promptly after spending time outdoors to get rid of trace amounts of pollen that may have collected on your skin and in your hair. Vacuum rugs and carpets once a week, if not more. Your home’s air conditioning and ventilation system offer additional defenses against the spread of ragweed. There are several ways you can use your HVAC equipment to boost indoor air quality: Keep your air conditioning and home ventilation system running frequently to promote air circulation and help clean your indoor air. Use the exhaust fans in your basement, laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom to suck up contaminated air and eject it to the outdoors. If you don’t have them, it is highly recommended that you install them; they are an excellent way to keep indoor air quality at its highest. It is also important to supplement these techniques with the use of air-sterilization products. Air purifiers that trap and eliminate indoor air contaminants can make a world of difference. At Pipe Works Services, we offer a complete selection of indoor air quality products to help you beat your allergy symptoms. We also offer effective preventive maintenance and cleaning services that reduce the spread of pollen through your ducts and vents. If you’d like to learn more or schedule service, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor air quality and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Visit our website to see our special offers and get started today!