Fall Allergy Survival Guide
Though many people may associate allergy season with springtime, the fall is frequently just as menacing for allergy sufferers. As WebMD enumerates, allergy triggers, including ragweed pollen, mold, and dust mites, are all prevalent during the fall. Following are some tips to help you combat seasonal allergies:
- Use window filters - As summer temperatures drop and before the winter cold sets in, many of us look forward to leaving our windows open. Fresh air circulating throughout the home is a wonderful way to filter out old, stale air. But you don't want to make allergies worse by letting in one of fall's biggest allergy triggers: ragweed pollen. The Safeguard Window Filter eliminates 92% of ragweed pollen, keeping it from entering your home. This window filter also keeps out harmful fumes and pollutants from nearby busy roads, and it won't let in rain, snow, or wind.
- Maintain your furnace - Before you turn your furnace on for the first time, make sure your heating ducts are clean. Otherwise, you may circulate mold spores, pollen, and dust that have settled there throughout the summer. Also make sure that your furnace filters have been recently replaced so the filters work at their full capacity. The Advanced Allergen Filter is Filtrete's most effective furnace filter, capturing at least 93% of particles such as pollen, mold, and dust. SafeHome Furnace Filters also capture particles, but offer the additional protection of capturing chemicals and other hazardous fumes in order to promote the healthiest indoor air. Newtron Original Permanent Air Filters provide lower energy costs, more even temperatures throughout the home, and faster heating and cooling, all while capturing up to 96% of impurities from your indoor air.
- Supplement heater use with a humidifier - Though lingering summer humidity may make humidifiers seem unnecessary, once the heater comes on, you may need to counter the drying effect that cranking up your furnace can have on your indoor air environment. Dry air can contribute to nasal irritation and other increased allergy symptoms. Sinus problems are also often relieved by breathing in warm, moist air. In addition, humidifiers can offer safe relief for children suffering from cold and allergy symptoms, especially as sickness increases with the advent of both cold weather and school. We offer a wide range of humidifiers, including ultrasonic humidifiers, warm mist humidifiers, cool mist humidifiers, and impeller humidifiers, in order to fit your individual preferences and needs.
- Invest in an air purifier - A quality air purifier is one of the most important and effective investments you can make in your family's health, and the fall allergy season is a great time to make use of this invaluable resource. Our HEPA air purifiers remove 99.97% of airborne allergens from your indoor environment, providing you with a steady stream of clean, allergen-free indoor air. Use our Air Purifier Calculator or our Air Purifier Buying Guide to help you select which air purifier is right for you. In brief, however, Blueair Air Purifiers are among our most powerful as well as our quietest units. Some AllerAir units, such as the AllerAir 6000 VOCARB unit, offer protection from harmful gases and fumes, as well as from particulate allergens. And Honeywell Air Purifiers are our most affordable air purifying units.
- Vacuum frequently - As the weather gets colder, people and pets spend more time indoors. And your home probably won't get the benefit of open windows. These conditions combine to create indoor environments with high concentrations of allergens. Frequent vacuuming, especially with a HEPA filter-equipped vacuum cleaner such as the Dyson DC17 Animal Upright Vacuum Cleaner or the Miele Callisto Canister Vacuum Cleaner, provides excellent protection against the accumulation of irritating and harmful indoor allergens during the colder fall and winter months.
- Guard against exposure to mold - Piles of leaves collecting in yards and by the sides of roads offer the perfect place for mold propagation. Protect against undue exposure while doing yard work by wearing a mask such as the Silk Comfort Mask, which is comfortable, breathable, and hand washable. Or choose from our selection of Allergy and Asthma Masks to find the right mask for you.