While the first signs of fall for some may have been cooler temperatures or the slight changing of the leaves (as much as you can have in the Sonoran Desert, that is), for others it was the discomfort of allergy symptoms. Fall allergy season isn’t typically as much of a problem in Arizona as in the spring, but this past summer’s above average rainfall and extreme heat will prove differently this season. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the city of Phoenix ranks #75 on the list of the worst cities for fall allergies this year which is up from its spot at #91 last year1. While there is little you can do to alleviate discomfort outdoors, you shouldn’t have to suffer in the comforts of your own home. Check out these solutions for fall allergies courtesy of your local Scottsdale heating experts!
Schedule an HVAC Check-Up: An annual service agreement not only ensures proper care of your system, with energy efficient and money-saving benefits, but can also improve indoor air quality. During inspection, an HVAC professional will clean your unit to prevent accumulated allergens, viruses, and bacteria from being circulated through your home when the furnace or heating system is in use. Additionally, your service technician will also be able to identify if mold may be present in your system, which could allow mold spores to be distributed through your air and inhaled by your family.
Clean Your Space Weekly: It might not seem like much, but cleaning your space regularly is a great way to eliminate airborne particles which could irritate your allergies. For example, dusting surfaces and vacuuming carpets can help significantly as these sources are ideal spots for the gathering of allergens. Of course, it is a good idea to wear a protective mask to prevent the stirred allergens from entering your nose and mouth.
Install an Air Purification System: If you suffer from severe allergies or even asthma, a whole-home air cleaner is a necessity. Trane manufacturers a number of reliable systems, removing up to 99.98% of allergens from the air in your home! For more information on air cleaners, contact your Phoenix heating and air contractor to discuss available models.
Consider Adding a Humidifier: Did you know that the level of humidity in your space also plays a role in the development of allergens? Air that is too damp allows mold to grow, while air that is overly dry creates perfect conditions for dust. Adding a Trane humidification system to your HVAC system will allow you to control the humidity in your space and gain allergy relief as a result.
If you are looking to relieve allergy symptoms such as runny nose, coughing, watery eyes, and sneezing, the above suggestions are sure to help. For additional information about the benefits of indoor air quality solutions such as the ones mentioned above, feel free to contact Howard Air for more information, or click here to learn more about our products.
1Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; http://www.aafa.org/pdfs/Public%20LIST%20FALL_2012%20v1.pdf