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#AllergySeason: Ways to prepare for spring allergies

BY Solenco Reporter

After a long, cold winter, most of us look forward to rising temperatures and blooming plants. But if you have asthma, allergies, or both, the pollen that comes with the season can take a toll.


We give you some great ways to prepare and take the sting out of the sniffles that come with spring time…

1. Visit your doctor

If you are on medication, best be sure to go see your doctor timeously and have new scripts filled. Speak to your medical practitioner about taking your medication slightly before spring breaks.

 

Having your allergies confirmed by a medical practitioner is also advisable as most cases of asthma go undiagnosed because people thought they were allergies.

2. Get your spring cleaning started early

Sweep out the winter cobwebs and get ahead on your spring cleaning. A deep spring clean includes dusting everything from the light fixtures to the bookcases, washing curtains, sweeping floors and rugs, even vacuuming furniture. This will remove any dust and pollen that has made its way inside your home.
 
When spring cleaning, focus on areas in your home where allergens tend to accumulate — air filters, bedding, upholstered furniture, and carpeting. Vacuum often — floors, furniture, rugs — and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
 
If you are out sprucing up the yard, then wear a suitable mask to reduce the inhalation of allergens. When you are done for the day, be sure to change your clothes and shower as pollen can stick to your clothes and hair, making it easy to track pollen spores throughout your home.

3. Keep your air purifiers clean!

It is best to stick to the recommended timeframe when it comes to changing your air purifier’s filters. If the filters are not maintained properly or replaced when needed, the air purifier will not be able to filter the impurities from the air as effectively as it was designed to do.
 
Here are our recommendations for our range of air purifiers:

Solenco CF8500 Air Purifier
 
The combination filter of these units last about 6 months – application and environment dependent.
 
To maintain your air purifier the air purifier should be cleaned at least once every month. More frequent cleaning may be required depending on environmental conditions.
 
The filters can be cleaned with a brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner. This will remove lint and dirt. Only the Prefilter is washable! Make sure it is completely dry before fixing it onto the combination filter.

Solenco CF8608 Air Purifier


The filters of the Solenco CF8608 units last about 6 months – application and environment dependent. However, not all need to be replaced at the same time.

 

The Prefilter for example can last up to 2 years. The HEPA filter and Activated Carbon filter have a similar lifespan and need to replaced simultaneously after about 6 months or when the indicating light turns on.


The Prefilter can be washed in water. Ensure it is dry before replacing it in the unit. Do not use sharp objects to clean the pre-filter as this may damage the filter. The Prefilter can be used for up to 2 years.


The HEPA and Activated Carbon filters need to be cleaned every 3 months by using the brush attachment of a vacuum cleaner. DO NOT wash these filters. The lifespan of these filters depends on the air quality, application and maintenance.

Meaco Airvax Air Purifier
 
The SEFF filter has a lifespan of 3 years – environment and application dependent. This can be extended by vacuuming the filter with a brush attachment to remove lint and dust. The filter can also be turned around when it turns dark grey on the one side.
 
This filter must not be unwound and must not be washed.

4. Keep mould spores at bay

Tree and grass pollen are not the only spring allergy offenders, as mould can kick allergy symptoms into overdrive. Mould can often occur in basements, bathrooms and kitchens. Any area that might not dry properly can grow mould, check under the sink and even the doormat for mould spores. Clean or remove anything with mould you find in your home and monitor humidity levels to ensure the humidity is between 50 to 55%.

 

The relative humidity levels can be controlled by means of a dehumidifier (preferably one with air purification functionality, such as the Meaco 12L Low Energy Dehumidifier, Meaco 20L Low Energy Dehumidifier, Meaco DD8L Zambezi Desiccant Dehumidifier or Meaco DD8L Standard Desiccant Dehumidifier), but be sure to empty the water tank and keep your unit clean to prevent mildew.  

5. Dodge peak allergy hours

As frustrating as it may be, try to plan your schedule so that you can avoid outdoor activities when the pollen count is highest, typically 5am to 10am.

 

When making plans to spend time outside during allergy season, keep in mind that hot, dry days will have a greater amount of pollen in the environment than cold, rainy days.

6. Track allergen levels

Consider obtaining an AirVisual Node Air Monitior that monitors the daily pollen and mould count, tells you what the humidity levels and air pollutant levels are. This data can also be accessed remotely on your smart phone via an app.

For more information, contact us at 0861 388 878 or email info@solencosa.co.za

 August 08, 2017
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