Can you get allergies in the fall? You absolutely can! Allergens can strike at any moment. Even though spring allergies may be more common, allergies in the fall are a serious problem for millions of people. Here, Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air will help you understand and fight fall allergies. Sadly, the solution isn’t as easy as avoiding the pollen-filled world outside your home. Fall allergy season finds several ways into your home. By identifying what triggers fall allergies, you can fully understand the best ways to reduce them.
Identifying your fall allergy symptoms can be harder than it may seem. The symptoms of seasonal fall allergies are often subtle and mistaken for a mild cold. Coughing, sneezing and sinusitis are all symptoms that appear in both fall allergies and the common cold. A medical professional is always the best source for identifying allergies. However, a few common symptoms of fall allergies and sinusitis include:
When investigating what triggers fall allergies in your specific case, there are many potential culprits. Dust mites and allergens can collect in countless places throughout your home. The majority of these sources of seasonal fall allergies can be minimized with professional air quality services like those offered by Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air. That said, the most common sources of indoor fall allergies include:
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that homeowners dealing with fall allergies should improve their air quality in three ways. First, you should reduce your contact with airborne allergens within your home. This involves having a whole-house dehumidifier, cleaning ducts and keeping your home from getting too warm. Second, you should ventilate your space, ensuring that airborne debris does not accumulate in stagnant air. Third, you should consider installing an air cleaner to remove allergens from the air. Learn more about each solution below.
When the air in your home is different from the EPA’s suggested humidity levels (30%-40% humidity), it creates a petri dish for mold, dust mites and countless other sources of allergic reactions. With a whole-house dehumidifier, you have fine-tuned control over the humidity levels in your entire home. These state-of-the-art dehumidifiers allow you to dictate the humidity in your home within 1% of the desired levels, erasing the conditions for excess mold, dust mites, fungi, bacteria and other microbes.
Ultraviolet germicidal lights deactivate microorganisms in the air in your home before it circulates through your home. As the air leaves your HVAC unit and enters your ductwork, it passes through an intense ultraviolet light that kills contaminants before they can spread. This system answers the question, “What is the best air purifier for allergies?” This system can quickly make your air noticeably cleaner. UV lights have been known to eliminate half of the concentrated bioaerosols within their first 45 minutes of use.
When you favor a high-efficiency air filter, you want a HEPA air filter that can capture 99.97% of the contaminants in the air. Thanks to their unique design, these filters pull the most common causes of fall allergies from their air, including ragweed, pollen and dust mites. HEPA air filters also remove contaminants including:
Traditionally, HVAC systems have not always done a great job of getting rid of contaminants from the air. This means that debris often circulates through ductwork for many years. Over time, some of that debris can accumulate within your ductwork. This is why many people suggest Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air and our duct cleaning services before turning on the heat for the first time in the fall. Doing so can resolve one of the most significant sources of airborne contaminants within your home.
Most of the time, your location has a major impact on the severity of your fall allergy symptoms. Fall allergies are identified to be even worse in specific areas of the country than others. For instance, ragweed (one of the most widespread sources of allergy-inducing pollen) is mostly found in the country’s eastern region along with the Midwest. However, allergies can be a considerable problem no matter where you live. Here are the 10 most challenging cities for those dealing with seasonal allergies.
As you have now seen, the best remedy for dust mites and fall allergies involves an all-out assault on the pollutants and contaminants in the air throughout your home. Your home will require a specialized approach suited for that home’s particular makeup and layout. With air quality specialists all across the United States, Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air can help out in almost any part of the country. If you want one of our indoor air quality experts to help eliminate as many allergens as possible, call or fill out a contact form today.
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