March 20th marks the official first day of Spring. With this change of season come longer days, warmer temperatures, and the regrowth of vegetation.
Unfortunately, there is one downside to the arrival of this transformative season: the appearance of allergens. Prepare for seasonal allergies by reviewing the following points to best avoid exposure to these pesky allergens, both inside and outside.
Spring Arrives Quickly
The arrival of springtime provides the northern hemisphere with twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of darkness. The longer days quickly create warmer temperatures, and pollen-producing vegetation thrives at this time of year. Be prepared for spring fever, as it is no longer just a myth. Experts say that the body can go through a transformative state at this time of year, with changes in diet and hormones being to blame.
Allergens Exist in the Air
Typically, springtime brings with it symptoms of allergen exposure and hay fever. Outdoor allergens are prevalent in the beginnings of the season, and can include:
Tree Pollen: Oak, Sycamore, and Maple, and Birch trees thrive in early spring, producing light and dry pollen cells that are easily carried on the spring breeze.
Mold Spores: Also easily carried in the wind, yeast and mildew are spread throughout the air, and can easily exist behind closed doors, as well.
There are a few methods that when combined, effectively minimize exposure to these springtime allergens. Try to keep doors and windows fully closed in the spring months, and avoid the outdoors on windy or warm days, as allergens are most prevalent in these weather conditions.
Ensure Proper Control of Indoor Allergens
Indoor allergens, such as pet hair, can be as disruptive as allergens found outdoors. Controlling these allergens is much more manageable than outdoor substances. An effective HVAC system helps to eliminate pet hair and dander from circulating within a home.
Try replacing existing HVAC filters with ones of high-quality, designed to capture tiny particles such as:
- Pet hair and dander.
- Mold spores.
- Pollen cells.
Installing high-quality filters can also extend the lifespan of an HVAC system. Other options for minimizing the exposure to allergens found indoors include having an air purifier in rooms that are the most allergy-inducing, and ensuring that a household with pets is vacuumed adequately.
Total Comfort LLC in Fredericksburg, VA wants to help you ensure that your household is prepared for the arrival of spring. Call 540-373-9780 to speak with an HVAC expert today.