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In spring, fall and even summer, you might want to feel that fresh-air breeze when you’re falling asleep. But, if you have allergies, you may wonder if keeping the window open while you sleep is healthy. Does opening a window help with indoor allergies? If you have outdoor allergies, does opening windows make allergies worse? We’ll discuss what you need to know below. 

Generally, Don’t Sleep with Open Windows 

In general, if you are allergic to things that are outside, like tree and flower pollen, animals and molds, sleeping with the window open can make them worse. You’ll be letting pollen into your home. As you’ll be sleeping, you won’t be monitoring your symptoms. You may wake up with an allergy flare-up on your hands. 

Consult with Your Doctor   

What kind of allergies do you have? What kind of risk are you taking on when you expose yourself to them? These are really only answers that your doctor can get you. If you have allergies it is ideal to find out specifically what triggers them so that you can make a better plan to manage them. For example, if you have indoor allergies then HVAC professionals can help you improve your indoor air quality. If you are allergic to select plants, then you can open your window while you’re sleeping after the particular season for your specific allergy is over. 

Plus, your doctor may also have other ways that you can manage your allergies beyond just limiting your exposure to them. 

Are you looking for the help of an HVAC professional to improve your indoor air quality? At ClimateCare, that’s what we do! Contact our team today. 

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How to Freshen Your Air   

Once you understand your allergies you can work on your indoor air quality to improve your symptoms. You can also improve your air quality so that you don’t feel the need to open your window, because your home already feels fresher. 

Ways to freshen your indoor air include: 

  • Ventilation: You can get fresher air into your home without losing your heat with ERVs and HRVs. These special fan systems retain heat and humidity in your home but bring in the fresh air and vent stale air. 
  • Air purifiers: An air purifier with a carbon filter can absorb smells and make your home feel fresher. Air filters can also pull out other airborne debris such as chemicals, bacteria, mold spores and more. 

Ways to limit indoor allergens include: 

  • Air purifiers: Quality air purifiers can remove allergens from the air, including pet dander, pollen, and indoor mold spores. It’s critical to get the right air purifier for this purpose, one that does have a fine enough filter to target these very small allergens. 
  • Air duct cleaning: Air ducts can harbour allergens. Getting them cleaned out every few years can help dramatically. 

Are you looking for information on how indoor air quality can impact seasonal allergies? We would be happy to answer any of your questions. Contact Advantage AirTech ClimateCare today. 

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