Fall brings changing leaves, cool breezes, chilly nights, pumpkin everything, football games and…ragweed season! (sigh) Purifying the air in your home is the first step in reducing fall allergies for you and your family. Keep reading to see how fall allergies typically present themselves and to learn some of the best ways to optimize air purification and improve your indoor air quality to achieve a healthy home.
Indoor Air Quality: Fixing Fall Allergies
Ragweed is the biggest allergy trigger during the fall season, followed closely by mold. Mold spores and ragweed travel easily through the air and can cause the following symptoms:
- stuffy nose
- chest congestion
- dry, persistent cough
If you or a family member suffer from these symptoms during the fall months, it’s time to double check your indoor air quality. Here are some steps you can take right away:
Your HVAC and air purification systems do a lot to improve your indoor air quality by filtering fresh air from the outside into your home. It’s important to hire a technician to do an inspection to ensure everything is running properly before you start running your heat in the cooler fall temperatures.
Run your HVAC-
Once your HVAC is all checked out, it’s very important to continue using it even as the temperatures drop. As tempting as it is to shut off your AC unit and open up the windows, it could mean serious problems for your indoor air quality with the amount of pollen and other particles that can enter your home. The air conditioner helps to filter the air as it comes into your home, so even running those systems with their internal fans can be preferable to just opening the windows.
It can be a pain, but be sure to change the filters in your air systems to get the highest quality air in your home. Most filters should be cleaned or changed every 30-60 days. With Aprilaire air purifiers, you need to change the filters only once per year.
Use a Humidifier-
With cooler temperatures and the use of your heater, the air in your home can become dry and irritating. Remember to keep your home’s humidity level between 30-50% with the help of a humidifier if necessary. A humidifier adds water vapor to the air to improve your indoor air quality and prevent symptoms such as dry skin, nosebleeds, sinus problems, and dry eyes.
For even more tips on how to ensure the best indoor air quality this fall and year-round, check out our What’s In Your Air? article.
If you’re still looking for a way to rid your home of pollutants, contact one of our air quality professionals to perform a thorough test so you can enjoy your cozy fall days inside.