Hay fever expert's top tips to keep your home free from pollen

A woman struggling with hay fever
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The Met Office pollen forecast shows that pollen levels are on the rise this weekend, as the start of grass pollen season in the UK gets underway. Around one in five of us will suffer from hay fever at some point in our lives according to the NHS, with grass pollen being the most common trigger.

To help anyone currently dreading another summer of sneezing and itchy eyes, the experts at Independent Advisor Windows have pulled together their top tips for keeping your home pollen-free. this summer

Expert Katharine Allison said: “While many of us will look forward to the return of warmer weather after a cold and wet winter, the warmer temperatures often bring misery for millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies. Fortunately, you can do several things to help prepare your home so that pollen is kept outside and you can enjoy the summer without the sniffles, sore eyes and headaches.”

1 - Keep windows closed during the day:

Pollen counts are at their highest during the day, meaning that while it may be tempting to open your windows and let in the fresh spring air, this will also lead to an assault of potential allergens. Hay fever sufferers should instead keep all their windows and vents closed during the day and only let in the fresh air at night when levels are lower.

If the heat does become a little unbearable during the day, there are a number of clever tricks you can use to help cool down a room. For example, while your instinct may be to grab a fan, this will blow the hot air around unless you place a bowl of ice or iced water behind the fan to allow it to draw in cooler air.

2 - Spring clean for allergy relief:

Prepare your home for spring by tackling dust and cobwebs. A thorough cleaning from top to bottom, preferably while wearing a facemask to protect against dust, can alleviate allergies. Regular cleaning throughout spring and summer helps manage hay fever and other allergies. Dust can build up in as little as 48 hours, so depending on how badly you suffer, you may want to wipe down problem areas every couple of days and clean your home once a week.

3 - Keep pets fresh and pollen-free:

Pets can track pollen indoors on their coats, exacerbating hay fever symptoms. Keep your furry friends clean by brushing or wiping them down after outdoor activities, especially after walks. This helps reduce pollen transfer into your home environment.

Pet owners who suffer from hay fever may also want to consider swapping their regular walking routes for ones that avoid grassy areas that will naturally trigger their allergies. Additionally, they may find swapping to an evening walk beneficial as the pollen count will be lower later in the day.

4 - Skip bringing flowers home:

While spring blooms are beautiful, they can worsen hay fever symptoms. Resist the temptation to bring fresh-cut flowers into your home during allergy season. Avoiding known allergens indoors can help minimise discomfort for hay fever sufferers. Alternatively, why not consider one of many hypoallergenic houseplants, such as bamboo palms or a beautiful dracaena. For anyone looking for a splash of colour, the peace lily is also hypoallergenic and features stunning white flowers.

5 - Enhance indoor air quality:

Combat hay fever with an air purifier featuring a HEPA filter, effectively capturing pollen particles. Investing in an air purifier is a budget-friendly way to improve indoor air quality and alleviate hay fever symptoms.