If you look forward to winter in Fairfax for allergy relief, you may be surprised to find that winter allergies can have you sneezing in your home as well. Indoor air quality can be affected when allergens are brought into your home, but the good news is that there are ways to reduce or eliminate winter allergies when you’re in the comfort of your own home.
Sources of Winter Allergies
Why are you sneezing or coughing in your home when the weather is cold outside? Some types of pine trees pollinate in the winter, so anyone who is allergic to these trees will notice symptoms.
Even a Christmas tree in your home could also cause you to have allergy symptoms. If you’re not allergic to pine trees, there could be mold spores and other allergens clinging to your tree. Opting for a faux tree helps you to celebrate the season without the itchy eyes and runny nose.
Mold can also be a problem in the winter months. Mold grows both indoors and outside throughout the year, and spores from molds growing outdoors could get into your home and circulate into the air that you breathe.
How to Reduce Allergens Indoors
The key to finding relief from winter allergies is limiting your exposure. While staying indoors helps, you need to be proactive about improving indoor air quality to avoid itchy eyes, runny nose and scratchy throat.
A new furnace filter traps many allergens that get into your home’s ductwork and heating system. Using an air purifier within the HVAC system can also help when you have severe allergies.
Preventing mold from growing in your home is also important. Ventilation in the bathroom and kitchen can help with this goal. Aim to keep the indoor humidity between 30 and 40 percent.
Don’t let winter allergies ruin your home’s indoor air quality. Contact Brennan’s Heating & Air for help with your home comfort needs. Our team of experts has more than 35 years experience.