The spring allergy season is upon us, and that means it’s time to make sure you’re doing all you can to minimize discomfort for the sensitive individuals who live in or visit your home. Because pollen levels are already fairly high this season, if you’re not ready yet, don’t wait. Being thoroughly prepared before the height of the allergy season will make a real difference to your comfort. Remember that while indoor allergens can create extreme discomfort for susceptible individuals, compromised indoor air quality negatively impacts everyone who enters your home.
Allergies: An Ongoing Challenge
Allergy season comes not once but three times each year: in spring, summer and fall. Spring allergies are typically caused by tree pollens, summer allergies by grass pollens and fall allergies by weed pollens. Which specific pollen(s) you are sensitive to will determine which season(s) will require you to take special precautions to preserve your comfort. In warmer climates such as Florida’s, outdoor allergies can often persist in winter, as well. However, because temperatures generally drop lower in northwest Florida in winter than they do in most other parts of the state, outdoor allergies tend to give way to indoor allergies in winter, requiring you to alter your primary focus to eliminating the internal allergens from your home.
Smart Tips to Help You Breeze through Allergy Season
To minimize discomfort this allergy season, try following these suggestions:
- Keep doors and windows closed to keep pollens and airborne mold spores out.
- Clean vents to avoid compounding seasonal pollen issues with indoor dust and other contaminants.
- Clean and vacuum drapes, upholstery, carpets and mattresses using a vacuum equipped with a HEPA filter.
- Clean or change your HVAC air filter monthly to trap any pollens and indoor allergens that pass through the system before they can be redistributed throughout your home.
- Keep your HVAC system well-maintained to prevent unnecessary indoor air quality issues.
- If you suffer from seasonal allergies, whenever possible stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. when pollen activity is greatest.
- Find out which pollens you are allergic to by scheduling a simple blood test, and use that information to determine when you need to be on guard.
- Monitor pollen levels and schedule outdoor activities on lower-pollen days.
- During allergy season, shower and/or change clothes when coming in from outside.
- Use an air purifier to clean and filter indoor air, a move that will greatly improve indoor air quality.
All Seasons Service Network: Your Year-Round Indoor Air Specialists
No matter the time of year, the quality of your indoor air is important. So, whether it’s the height of allergy season in Gulf Breeze, FL, or the cooler winter temperatures have already set in, you’ll always benefit by having our air quality control specialists in your corner. Call our office today for expert help controlling all your indoor and outdoor allergens.