If you suffer from spring allergies, chances are you are also affected by fall allergies. Did you know that your HVAC system can be a powerful ally in reducing your fall allergy symptoms?
Fall Allergies: Ragweed and Mold
Most people who are allergic to pollen—common in the spring—are also allergic to ragweed, which is the most common cause of fall allergies. Ragweed flourishes in Georgia. One plant can produce up to one billion pollen grains in a season. Yikes!
Mold is another common fall allergen. Cool, humid air and piles of damp leaves make fall weather an ideal environment for mold growth. Homes that are surrounded by trees are especially vulnerable to mold.
These two common allergens combined with cooling temperatures, which reduce the effectiveness of your immune system, make fall a tricky time for allergy sufferers. But never fear! You can take simple steps to reduce the severity of your symptoms – and your HVAC system is the first-line in your defense.
Clean Your HVAC System: Clean any dust, dirt, and debris from your outdoor system. Have Your Ducts Cleaned
Clean Your Home: Regularly vacuuming your home will help get rid of ragweed, mold, dust, and other pesky allergens.
Rake Your Yard: Rake leaves away from your home, bag them up, and dispose of them. If you suffer from allergies, you may have to hire someone to do this for you.
Check and Change Your Filters
The newer your air filter, the better it is at catching and trapping air pollutants. Filters that are clogged up with dust and hair cannot do their job correctly. Check and change your air filters often. If you are especially prone to allergies, consider thicker filters.
Manage the Humidity in Your Home to Reduce Mold
Turn the air conditioner on during warm fall days to remove excess humidity from your home. Also make sure to use your exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms when cooking and after showering.
If you have questions about how your HVAC system can reduce allergy symptoms, please give us a call at 770.813.1316. We are here for you!