Now that the spring weather is upon us, it’s time to spring ahead with allergy prevention! During this time of the year, it’s easy to get distracted by the beautiful outdoors. As a property manager, don’t forget that this is also the biggest time of the year for allergy issues. Here are a few tips on how you can prevent allergies from ruining your spring season.
The most common allergy trigger comes from microscopic insects called dust mites. These insects feed on human skin flakes and prefer rooms that are above 40 percent humidity. In order to prevent this issue, allergists suggest purchasing allergen-proof encasing for pillows and mattresses. You may also want to consider a dehumidifier as well. Keeping the humidity low in the room can play a big part in preventing dust mites. Communicate this to your residents and guests so that it doesn’t become an issue.
Another item to factor in when taking on the beautiful spring weather is the pollen from the outdoors. Don’t dismiss this just because we are referencing to preventing indoor allergens. Think about what people like to do around this time of year. We like to be outside! As we spend our time in the nice weather, pollen can easily be brought inside after clinging onto clothes and shoes which could then be easily tracked into our homes. Also, pets can be another major factor that ties into this. To prevent these problems, change into fresh clothes after being outside all day. Also, consider wiping down your pets (if you have any) after they’ve been outside as well.
One of the biggest ways to maintain a healthy environment for your property is to manage indoor climate. Mold grows in moist areas such as damp basements or areas near air conditioners. It’s important to keep your indoor temperature at around 68 degrees F. If you set your thermostat too high, the air won’t be dehumidified effectively. If you set your thermostat too low, it can create cold surfaces where you can get condensed water vapor.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends an astonishing 87% of their life indoors. Knowing that the spring season is a major part of the year where allergies develop, be sure to raise awareness to your residents and guests ahead of time. You can avoid these allergy triggers if you plan properly and raise awareness to your community!
This article was written by Justin LaRocque (Marketing Communications Manager) for Planned Companies. For more information about our services, please visit our website at www.plannedcompanies.com or call us at 888-706-8600.