The Allergies Are Coming, The Allergies Are Coming...
Coughing, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and the ever-present runny nose, Fall allergies have arrived. The blooms of Summer have faded and we are now left with the three most common things that make us sick in the Fall: Ragweed, Mold and Dust Mites.
You may be surprised to see Mold listed as one of the most common Fall allergies because most people think of mold as being only in their basements or bathrooms, but mold also loves to breed in damp piles of leaves which we all have a lot of in the Fall.
Dust Mites are also commonly thought of to be more of a summer problem, but they get really stirred up the first time you turn on your heat and can trigger runny noses, sneezing and wheezing.
Ragweed Pollen is probably the allergy most associated with Fall. You don’t even have to live in an area where ragweed grows to be affected by it as wind can carry it for hundreds of miles. So, there is really no escaping it.
Things to do that can help...
Be sure to stay indoors while the pollen count is at its highest, which is usually in the morning.
Before you turn on your furnace for the first time, have your unit cleaned and serviced (by a professional) and change out the filter. Little bits of mold and other allergens get trapped in the vents over the spring and summer and will circulate through the air as soon as you turn on your furnace.
Use a HEPA filter to help trap pollen, mold and other allergens.
When raking leaves, it is important to wear a mask so you are not breathing in all the mold spores that grow in the dampness of the leaves.
Kent Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. cannot solve all your Fall allergy problems but we CAN help. Just call or email and let us hear from you.