In just a few weeks, spring will have sprung. With the official start of spring being on March 20th, there is no better time than now to prepare for the upcoming season. Warmer temperatures, longer days, and the revitalization of life itself brings the inevitable arrival of seasonal allergens.
Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the discomfort that allergies bring, how you can prevent these allergens from entering your home and how to stay comfortable as the temperatures rise.
The Beginning of a New Season
Entering a new season brings with it early-blooming vegetation, such as daffodils, iris, lilacs, and various species of trees. The first day of spring provides the northern hemisphere with twelve hours of sunlight and twelve hours of darkness, creating the perfect conditions for this young vegetation to grow and produce pollen.
Spring fever, surprisingly, is not a myth. Experts believe that the change in temperament and energy in some individuals at this time of year can be contributed to the warmer temperatures and diet changes that may take place.
Spring and Allergens
Seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever, begin during first few weeks of March and can last until the end of summer months. The blame can be placed on increased exposure to allergens, including:
Tree Pollen: Trees like Oak, Sycamore, and Maple, produce light pollen cells that are easily carried upon the spring breeze.
Mold: Easily carried in the wind much like pollen cells, mold spores including mildew and yeast can also thrive in indoor spaces.
There are a few easy methods to minimize exposure to allergens, such as:
Keeping doors and windows fully closed in the spring months.
Spend time outdoors on cloudy or rainy days, when allergens not as likely to be prevalent in the air.
Allergens found indoors are just as disruptive to comfortable living as allergens found outside. Pet hair and dander can cause irritating allergy symptoms, such as itchy, watery eyes and difficulty breathing.
The installation and proper maintenance of an HVAC system work to minimize exposure to allergens within a home.
Install high-quality HVAC filters to capture minuscule particles like pet hair and dander, bacteria, mold spores, and pollen cells. HVAC systems have also been shown to improve their lifespan with the installation of efficient and clean filters.
The professionals at Tom Drexler Plumbing, Air, and Electric want to help you prepare for any allergens that spring may throw your way. In the Louisville, KY area, call 502-716-5430 to schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment today.