How to Effectively Fight Spring Allergens in Your Home 

Mar 1, 2024

Did you know that March 19th marks the first day of spring this year? It’s a long-awaited season for many. However, unfortunately, along with warmer weather and beautiful flowers, spring also brings seasonal allergies to many Ohio residents. Don’t worry, though; we’ve got you covered! If you’re one of the many people who suffer from Ohio allergies, whether it is only in the spring or all year long, we’ve got some practical solutions from New Albany Heating & Cooling to help you combat those pesky allergens in your home!

Discover the Reasons Behind Why Ohio’s Landscape Causes Allergies

Before we dive into the issue of allergens, let’s understand why Ohio has such high pollen and allergy levels. Ohio’s landscape is a beautiful blend of urban areas, farmland, forests, lakes, and rivers. Each of these environments hosts a unique array of plants and trees that produce pollen and allergens. With this diverse landscape comes a multitude of environmental factors that can worsen allergies. As a result, various types of pollen are released throughout the year, extending the allergy season from February to November.

Discover the Symptoms of Hay Fever

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is actually the most common type of allergy in Ohio. It happens when your body’s immune system goes into overdrive in response to allergens like pollen, resulting in the production of histamines that cause those pesky allergy symptoms. They can range from mild to severe and stick around for weeks or even months.

Here are some common hay fever symptoms:

· Sneezing

· Nasal congestion or rhinorrhea

· Pruritus of the eyes, mouth, throat, or skin

· Eustachian tube dysfunction

· Excessive mucus production and drainage

If you find yourself experiencing these symptoms regularly during spring and summer, it’s likely that you’re dealing with hay fever caused by allergens in Ohio. Don’t worry, though; we can help you find relief!

Discover the Different Types of Allergens in Ohio

These include, among other things:

· Tree Pollen: The pollen from trees like oak, maple, birch, cedar, pine, and hickory can trigger allergies, especially in the spring.

· Grass Pollen: Watch out for those grasses like Kentucky bluegrass, timothy grass, and Bermuda grass. They release pollen that can lead to allergies, particularly in late spring and early summer.

· Weed Pollen: Oh, the notorious ragweed! It’s a major weed in Ohio that produces abundant pollen in late summer and early fall, causing allergies for many individuals.

· Mold Spores: Don’t forget about those pesky mold spores! They’re a common allergen in Ohio. Mold can grow on decaying vegetation, leaves, and other organic matter.

Discover Effective Ways to Tackle Allergens with Home Solutions

While it’s challenging to completely prevent allergies, there are several practical solutions you can implement in your home to reduce the impact of allergens.

1. Keep your windows closed during peak pollen season (typically spring and summer) to minimize allergens.

2. Regularly vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove allergens from carpets and furniture.

3. Wash your bedding and curtains regularly in hot water to remove pollen and other allergens.

4. After being outdoors, take a refreshing shower to wash off any pollen or allergens stuck on you.

5. Dust frequently, paying special attention to areas such as bookshelves and other surfaces that collect dust.

6. Remember to change your air filters regularly (every 1-2 months) to prevent the circulation of allergens in your home.

Fun Fact: Did you know that hay fever affects approximately 1 out of 5 people during their lifetime?

Discover Effective Ways to Tackle Allergens with Professional Solutions

When it comes to finding relief for immediate issues in your home, practical solutions are key. However, there are times when seeking professional help or services may be necessary. Here are a few friendly professional suggestions you might want to consider:

Consider getting a whole-home purifier to continuously clean and purify the air in your home. For example, the iWave whole-home purifier is an amazing system that uses advanced ionization technology to reduce allergens, bacteria, viruses, and other particles that can trigger allergies and respiratory issues. So, if you’re interested in an efficient way to boost your home’s overall indoor air quality, this is definitely a component you should think about adding to your home!

Consider adding a whole-home dehumidifier to your home. High humidity levels can create a perfect breeding ground for allergens like mold. By reducing moisture in your home (if this is something you are dealing with), a whole-home dehumidifier makes it less hospitable for these unwanted allergens to thrive.

Consider getting a smart thermostat if you don’t have one already. It’s not only convenient but also helps monitor humidity levels, letting you know when you need to take action. Plus, a smart thermostat will also notify you when your air filters are due for a change!

Consider scheduling professional ductwork cleaning. It is never a bad idea to get your duct cleaned if you are looking to increase your indoor air quality. According to the EPA, indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. (Yikes!) Over the years, your ductwork will collect dust, hair, dirt, pet fur, loose debris and particles, and other airborne contaminants and allergens. So, having your air ducts professionally cleaned can greatly improve the overall air quality in your home and reduce allergy symptoms. Plus, you only need this service done every three to five years.

Curious about any of these options? Feel free to give us a call, and let’s chat about what might be the best fit for you, your family, and your home!

Take these friendly tips to heart and create a cleaner, healthier home! Enforcing these practical solutions can help to reduce their impact on your daily life! By understanding the causes and symptoms of allergies and implementing both home and professional solutions, you’ll be able to enjoy springtime without constantly suffering. So why wait? Take control of your allergies today, and don’t forget to give us a call for all your HVAC air quality needs. We’re here to help!

Count on New Albany Heating & Cooling for anything HVAC-related! Call us today at (614) 636-5002, or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here!