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POSTED: September 27, 2007 5:03 a.m.
With seasonal allergies becoming commonplace across the country, don’t be caught this fall with the runny nose, itchy eyes or nasal congestion that plagued you last year.
“Breathing clean air may be the best solution for allergies,” Willie McCree said of the Quali-tech Aire Serv franchise. “More than 50 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies making it especially important to take appropriate precautions inside your home.”
From late August through October, at least one in five Americans will have immune system overreactions to irritants in the environment, which is why it is important to stay informed on ways to reduce the chances of being exposed to irritants both indoors and outdoors.
Follow these simple tips by Aire Serv to reduce the amount of pollutants inside your home:
• Keep your home and car windows closed
• Vacuum and dust; wipe a hand across your ceiling fan blade to see how much dust is being distributed through the air
• Change air filters on your heating and cooling equipment often; most manufactures recommend once a month depending on dust levels
• Clean humidifiers and AC units; dirty units create a breeding ground for mold and bacteria
• Reduce the use of products like aerosol, room deodorizer, perfumes and household cleaning products
These are some precautionary measures to help you avoid allergies:
• Stay inside during peak pollen times, usually between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
• Monitor local pollen counts and stay indoors as much as possible when pollen counts are high
• Stay indoors when humidity is high and on days with high wind, when dust and pollen are more likely to be in the air
If allergy symptoms are particularly troublesome, talk to your doctor to find out about treatment options available both over-the-counter and by prescription. When you do what you can to alleviate the frustration of fall allergies, you can get back out there and enjoy all that this season has to offer.
 

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