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Fall is officially here. The temperatures have finally started to cool down here in Florida. Although apple pie, autumn leaves, and Halloween first come to mind to me when I think of fall the next thing that comes to mind is the dreaded fall allergy season. Unfortunately, I suffer from year-round allergies. But I’ve learned to cope with them by doing a few things around my home (and outside my home) to help the unwanted allergens stay at bay.
1. Bundle up the leaves!
Did you know that damp or even wet leaves can be a breeding grown for mold? The best way to combat this is to bag them and dispose of them. Or make them in to mulch for your plants. We typically do the bagging method since we don’t have any way to make them into mulch. This is one way to keep mulch at bay!
2. Change your air filter.
I know this might seem like a no-brainer, but so many people I talk to don’t realize that by simply changing there air filter they can help reduce airborne allergens in the home! Changing your Filtrete Filter at least every three months, especially before turning on the heat in fall months is just one of the things you can do to help create a healthier home. Doing so may also help reduce the amount of energy needed to cool or heat the home. To help reduce allergens I recommend the Filtrete Healthy Living Ultra Allergen Reduction Filter MPR 1500 it’s just one of the ways you can help create a healthier home by capturing large airborne particles like dust, pollen and mold spores from the air passing through the filter. It also attracts and captures microscopic particles that can carry bacteria and viruses. It’s effective at capturing 90% of large airborne particles such as dust, pollen and mold spores from the air passing through the filter.
3. Plant Cover Crops
Did you know that ragweed is really a weed? It begins to flower in mid-August all the way until late October, before the first frost (in parts of the country where that happens). Its pollen can travel up to 400 miles! That means it is unlikely that you can avoid it completely. If you like to garden you are in luck! You can help the ragweed from taking root in your yard or garden by planting cover crops after you harvest your garden’s summer vegetables. Cover crops also keep your soil healthy for next spring’s planting season. Try clover, rye, buckwheat, or a mix of field peas and oats. (source: Women’s Health Magazine)
We would love to read about in the comments below what you are doing to help reduce fall allergens in and outside of your home.
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