Autumn brings changing leaves, cool breezes, cold nights, pumpkin everything, football matches and …ambrosia season! (sigh)
Purifying the air in your home is the first step to reducing fall allergies for you and your family. Read on to see how allergies typically present themselves and to learn some of the best ways to optimize air purification and get a healthy home.
Resolving fall allergies
Ambrosia is the biggest allergy trigger during the fall season, closely followed by mold. Spores and mold ambrosia travel easily through the air and can cause the following symptoms:
- stuffy nose
- chest congestion
- dry and persistent cough
If you or a family member suffers from these symptoms during the fall months, it is time to check the quality of the indoor air again. Here are some steps you can take immediately:
- HVAC Control – Your HVAC and air purification systems do a lot to improve your indoor air quality by filtering fresh air from outside your home. It is important to hire a technician to do an inspection to make sure everything is working properly before starting to handle heat in cooler temperatures.
- Run your HVAC – Once your HVAC has been checked, it is very important to continue using it even when temperatures drop. Although it is tempting to shut down the AC unit and open the windows, it could mean serious problems with the quality of indoor air with the amount of pollen and other particles that can enter your home. The air conditioner helps to filter the air as it enters the house, so even the execution of those systems with their internal fans may be preferable to the windows opening.
- Replace filters – It may be a problem, but be sure to change the filters in your air systems to get the highest quality air in your home. Most filters should be cleaned or changed every 30-60 days. With the Aprilaire air purifiers, it is necessary to change the filters only once a year.
- Use a humidifier – With colder temperatures and the use of the heater, the home air can become dry and irritating. Remember to keep the humidity level of your home between 30-50% with the help of a humidifier, if necessary. A humidifier adds water vapor to the air to improve indoor air quality and prevent symptoms such as dry skin, nosebleeds, sinus problems and dry eyes.
For more tips on how to ensure the best indoor air quality this fall and throughout the year, take a look at our What's in your air? article.
If you are still looking for a way to free your home from pollutants, contact one of our own air quality professionals to perform a thorough test so you can enjoy your cozy autumn days indoors.