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Allergies & Indoor Air Quality

All through the cold months we fantasize about the summer and the warm weather to come…and it’s finally made its appearance.  Summer is underway.  School is out and the summer vacations are on.  Many of us suffer from seasonal allergies, yet somehow we seem to forget that when dreaming about summer in the dead of winter.  Allergens are all around us, and some of us tend to be more sensitive than others.  Dust, mold, mildew, pet dander are many of the common allergies we can experience, causing itchy eyes, runny noses, rashes, and breathing problems.  And then there is pollen. A mild winter like the one we just experienced can mean an early start to allergy symptom onset, as the trees and grass tend to pollinate earlier.  Typically pollen counts increase with a mild winter and often intensify during the spring.  We’ve experienced a lot of rain lately which stimulates growth and seeding, which in turn releases more pollen into the air.  The pollen season can go straight through to the autumn as different plants, grasses, trees and weeds experience their own particular life cycles.  For the truly miserable, winter seems to be the only time they find relief from seasonal allergies.


Allergy Season Remedies

It doesn’t have to be that way!  There are several things you can do help alleviate your allergy symptoms.  You may want to consider wearing a mask when working outdoors to minimize your exposure.  Wearing sunglasses may help keep down the amount of pollen that gets in your eyes.  Showering in the evening can help rinse off pollen from your skin and hair, helping to keep pollen from transferring to your bedding at night.  If you like to exercise out of doors, you want to consider exercising in the morning or late in the day, when pollen counts are usually lower than at other times of the day.  Pollen counts are typically higher on hot, windy and sunny days than on cool, calm days.


HEPA Filters & Home Air Purification Provide Allergy Relief

Your indoor air quality is an important factor in beating allergies—seasonal or otherwise.  You should make sure your furnace ducts are clean and that your furnace filters are changed regularly.  A HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter can make a huge difference in your comfort level.  HEPA filters utilized in your home comfort system trap pollen, dander, dust, mold and other spores and particulate matter to increase the quality of the air in your home.  Your home can be an oasis of comfort in the heat of the summer.  It can also be a haven from the misery of allergies with a good air filtration system.  You may also consider upgrading to an energy efficient home air purification system to help reach the comfort level you need and deserve, and save on energy costs.  Summer is here—with some forethought and preparation, you should be able to enjoy it and not be sidelined by allergies.

For more information on  indoor air quality and home comfort systems , or to find out more about Rumpca Services, check out our website, or give us a call at (651) 459-2896.

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