The pollen forecast for summer, 2014 has arrived: It’s going to be one of the worst allergy seasons Pennsylvania has ever seen. After a long, drawn-out battle with fierce winter temperatures and several spring showers, mold spores are anxiously waiting to blossom and kick-start allergy season. People who suffer from allergies and even those who don’t will have a hard time dodging the piercing impacts of pollen this year.
You’ve already faced one of the worst winters Philadelphia has ever seen. You shouldn’t have to face an equally brutal allergy-induced summer.
So, to help combat the pollen and mold from entering your home this summer, and inflicting on indoor air quality, here are a few tips from trusted HVAC experts in the area.
Combatting Seasonal Allergies
Leave The Windows Closed
Everyone has the same idea on the first day of summer: Open the windows, and let the fresh air and sunshine in. Unfortunately for allergy sufferers, open windows are one of the biggest proprietors in pollen infiltration. Open windows only heighten allergic symptoms. Keep your windows closed, and your AC on, to keep out pollinated outdoor air, and keep allergy symptoms under control.
Turn The Air Conditioner On
Too much moisture in your home raises indoor air temperature and humidity, encouraging the growth of mold spores, the allergy sufferer’s worst nightmare. The cool ventilation of an AC unit extracts any moisture in your home, but once you power your AC down, moisture begins building again. To remove access moisture and prevent mold build-up in your home, keep your air conditioner on a comfortable temperature.
Clean Window Sills And Frames
Despite your best moisture-removing efforts, your windows, and other glass surfaces are still going to collect condensation from exposure to both indoor and outdoor temperatures. Condensation tends to collect more heavily when humid, indoor air meets cool, glass surfaces. So your windowsills, for instance, are particularly prone to the nasty black mold produced by excessive condensation.
Be sure to complete a thorough window wiping. This prevents condensation build up and mold production, the key players in seasonal allergies.
Pinpoint Your Dominant Dust Collectors
As most seasonal allergy sufferers know, all household items collect dust. However, there are a few key culprits:
- Heavy drapes
- Upholstered furniture
Furniture usually houses the most amount of dust in your home (fibrous materials attract dust like a magnet.) Obviously, tossing all your furniture and ripping out all your carpeting is not the most ideal solution. But, having a better idea of your dust problem areas gives you more control over their build up, and allows for more targeted methods of cleaning.
Your Air Conditioning Unit
Allergy season is coming, and, despite all your remedies for repelling dust and pollen, nothing beats an efficient air conditioning unit. This is extremely important to ensure your air conditioner works properly throughout the entire season. When it breaks down, you are forced to open those windows, thus inviting pollen and mold spores directly into your home. Make sure you schedule a proper tune up for your AC before allergy season kicks into full force.
Don’t let this upcoming summer season upset your allergies. Allergy prevention tactics are certainly not limited to staying inside and blasting your AC. Try your best to keep pollinated, outdoor air out of your home, and get rid of any existing dust in your home. These simple, pollen prevention techniques are enough to combat even the worst allergy season.
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