Spring is on its way to Florida. Before we can enjoy the sunshine and comfortable temperatures, we have to survive allergy season. You can make sure that you and your home are ready for the increased pollen in the air.
Defining the Problem
Airborne Allergy Types
There are two types of airborne allergies you can have. The first is Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis, but is more commonly referred to as hay fever. It is the allergic reaction to pollen during distinct times of year when plants undergo pollination. This can be in the summer or fall, but is most common during the spring. The second type is Perennial Rhinitis, an allergy to airborne allergens, not just pollen. This type of allergy gives people symptoms all year.
Allergies in Gainesville
Oak pollen is the biggest reason for seasonal allergy discomfort in Gainesville. This is due to the large amount of oak trees in the area. Even if you don’t have an oak tree in your backyard, you will still feel the effects miles away.
How to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
Vacuum often, especially if you or your family is tracking in pollen. Pollen can stick to just about anything or anyone, especially your pets. It’s important to vacuum your home to collect pollen that has settled or accumulated on surfaces.
Check Pollen Forecasts
Just like the weather, pollen forecasts fluctuate every day. Some days, the pollen count will be low and you can rest easy. But be aware of the days that pollen is at its highest to prepare more for the increase pollen that can enter your home.
Reduce Opening Windows and Doors
Spring is a beautiful time in Florida, but during allergy season, be sure to reduce the amount of times you open doors. You should keep windows shut on days with high pollen count. Consider limiting how much time you spend outdoors, to lessen the amount of pollen that enters your home.
Wash Clothes and Bedding Regularly
While these are practices you should already be doing in your home, make sure you wash clothes as soon as possible. Pollen settles on our clothes and can escape the laundry basket into your home. If you tend to dry your laundry on a clothesline, be sure to use other drying methods during allergy season to avoid having pollen on your clothing before you even wear them.
Change Your Air Filters Often
It is recommended that you change your air filters every month or so, but especially during pollen season. Dirty air filters can have adverse effects on your home’s air quality. Not to mention, your AC unit will work harder than it has to which causes your energy bills to rise.
The Importance of a Well-Maintained AC Unit
Air conditioning helps to circulate clean air through your home and traps pollen and other allergens. Not only does your AC unit provide a clean and comfortable environment in for your home, it is essential for reducing humidity that could cause mold spores to grow.
It’s important that you have a fully functioning air conditioning unit. The Crystal Air & Water family is committed to the highest quality air and air conditioning units. If you are unsure about the quality of your home’s air, you can schedule an air quality assessment from us. We offer a wide range of services and would love to serve you!