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August 30, 2019
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO FIGHT SEASONAL ALLERGIES?
Pumpkin Spice everything has begun, so that means fall is on its way! Along with it, brings the dreaded allergies.
Most fall allergies are pollen-related and classified as “hay fever”. Symptoms of hay fever include sneezing, coughing, congestion, fatigue, runny nose, itchy eyes, nose, and throat. These are all caused by the histamine that is released when you inhale allergens.
A variety of plants can cause hay fever, but ragweed is the most common culprit. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, about 10 to 20 percent of Americans suffer from ragweed allergies. Worst yet, ragweed is nearly impossible to escape, as this plant can grow almost anywhere, and its pollen can float through the air for miles.
Pollen can come into your home on your clothes, pets and through open windows. Although escaping ragweed entirely might be difficult, there are ways to minimize your contact with it.
Indoor Air Quality –
One of the best things that you can do to improve your air quality and reduce the number of particles in your home is to invest in indoor air quality products. Indoor air quality products, whole-home air purifiers specifically, are perfect for those who suffer from severe allergies and asthma, by cycling air through and catching the pollutants and particles in the air and filtering irritants out of the air before they get to your respiratory system.
Preventative Maintenance –
Another simple thing you can do to boost your home’s indoor air quality and enhance your HVAC’s efficiency is preventative maintenance. Dust, dirt and other debris can collect inside the components of your HVAC equipment, reducing airflow, causing unnecessary wear and tear, and contributing to poor indoor air quality. Prudential Heating and Air Conditioning Co. Maintenance Value Plan that provides you with peace of mind that no matter the season, your HVAC equipment will run safely and efficiently.
Upgrade Your Filter –
Your filter is the first line of defense against allergens, as a high-quality filter can trap the smallest of particulates, including pollen, dust, mold, dander and more. Consider swapping your regular filter for a HEPA filter (if applicable). Alternatively, you could purchase filters with a higher MERV rating or, at the very least, change your filter more often.