Spring is a welcomed time of year for so many people. It’s time to open the windows, put the heavy coats away, get the kids outside to play, and fire up the grill. But, for many of us, it’s a time of runny and stuffy noses, sore throats, persistent coughs, and itchy eyes.
So many people suffer from spring allergies and it seems to worsen every year. Warmer winters expedite pollen production and oak trees produce more potent pollen after a warm winter. (A la this winter!) Recent studies blame global warming and suggest that this trend will continue as the temperatures continue to rise. Earlier pollen release, increased pollen count, and more potent pollen is sure to create havoc on our sinuses.
What can you do to reduce your symptoms and feel better?
Allergy Testing and Medication
For many people, a daily allergy pill such as Claritin, Zyrtec, or Allegra will reduce their symptoms. Some prefer nose sprays like Flonase and Nasacort. If your allergies are bad enough to keep you indoors and feeling sick, get an allergy test to find out your triggers and which medication would work best for you.
If you prefer to keep it all-natural, you may want to research various herbs and vitamins, food allergens, and homeopathic remedies. You may benefit from making changes to your diet, acupuncture, or essential oils.
Wear a Mask Outside
If you plan on being outside, especially if you are doing yard work, then wear a mask to help filter some of that potent pollen.
Change Air Filters in Hendersonville and Fletcher
Air filters should be changed regularly, anywhere from once a month to every three months, depending on the type of filter in your home. It’s an easy DIY fix and can help minimize the pollen you breathe inside your home.
Keep It Clean
Keeping yourself, pets, and your home clean are essential to minimizing the pollen inside your home. When you’ve been outdoors, or your pets have been outside, you track pollen back in your house. Shower off after you’ve been outside and wipe down your pets. Wash your jackets instead of hanging them back in the closet.
Vacuum often, but make sure your vacuum has a HEPA filter. Otherwise, you’re just stirring up the dust and dander into the air you breathe.
Consider buying an air purification system. There are many different options available, ranging from inexpensive to expensive, whole-house systems. Sheer Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning can provide you with options for your HVAC system. Contact us for more information.
Close the Windows
One of the benefits of spring is the cool weather and being able to open the windows. But for allergy sufferers, an open house is a recipe for misery. Keep the windows closed. Sorry but it works!
Weather Stripping, Caulking, and Insulation
Not only should you keep your windows and doors closed, but you should also make sure that pollen can’t enter your house through small cracks and crevices. Caulk around your windows and check the weather stripping around your doors. Not only can pollen enter your house through these tiny holes, but humidity can which can lead to further problems.
Mold is a common allergen. You may want to consider having a professional check for mold in your house, crawlspaces, basement, and attic. Humid air can also seep into your house through cracks and holes in your ductwork and this can lead to microbial problems. Your best line of defense is to have a certified HVAC technician from Sheer Comfort check for duct problems.
Schedule a Spring Tune-Up with Sheer Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ll need to turn on your air conditioner sooner than those that can open windows and let in fresh air. Make sure your air conditioner is ready for summer and is in clean, working order.
Give us a call we can help!