Your grandmother may have called it “hay fever,” but you don’t have to live on a farm to suffer from spring allergies. More than 24 million Americans suffer from runny noses, itchy eyes, and sneezing associated with seasonal allergies. Houston’s allergy season can seem endless, but the agony peaks in the spring when pollen, grass, and certain trees release their pollen. Fortunately, Air Specialist A/C Heating Insulation & More of Houston can help you navigate the sneezy season with helpful tips and indoor air quality solutions to help you breathe easier.
1. Keep your sinuses clean.
Your sinuses are working hard to trap pollens and other irritants before they can cause an allergic reaction. Give them an advantage with frequent rinses to flush out the bad stuff. A neti pot, a small container with a spout used to irrigate your nostrils, or even a squeeze bottle can chase away invaders from sinus space.
2. Use OTC medications.
Your pharmacy is loaded with potential help, including antihistamines, which can prevent or relieve allergy symptoms, and decongestants, which may alleviate the pressure and stuffiness of seasonal allergies.
3. Make sure it’s really allergies.
Two years into the pandemic, you may still worry when you wake up with a scratchy throat or cough. As a rule of thumb, allergies last more than two weeks. They also rarely cause fever or aches associated with viral infections.
4. Ask your doctor for additional treatments.
If allergies interfere with your daily activities, reach out to your doctor. You may need allergy tests, prescription medications, or injections to combat the irritating symptoms.
5. Keep windows and doors shut, especially at night.
In May, most Houston residents have already switched to A/C when temperatures can soar into the 90s. But if you’re tempted to open the window on a cool night, reconsider. Don’t give allergens easy entry into your home.
6. Stay inside when possible.
You can’t control what’s outdoors, but your home’s indoor air quality can be improved with a combination of tools. If you feel better while indoors, stay there. If you must go outside to do yard work or run errands, wear a mask to provide a barrier between the pollen and your vulnerable upper respiratory tract.
7. Buy a better filter for your HVAC unit.
Your A/C unit can work with several different air filters, ranging in price and density. Consider a higher-density filter to grab pollens and other allergens as they circulate through your indoor air system. Questions? Air Specialist can help you choose the right filter.
8. Consider an air purifier.
An air purifier can be up to 100 times more effective than just a standard HVAC filter. A whole-house air purifier may even capture and kill bacteria, viruses, or mold. The REME HALO® in-duct air purifier takes clean air to a new level, using germicidal ultraviolet light to reduce indoor air pollutants and allergens.
9. Clean your ducts.
Your home’s ductwork takes your home’s air on a specific journey through your home, ensuring that your family stays comfortable regardless of the outdoor temperature. Over time, dust and debris accumulate inside the ducts. You may not see the culprits, but they wreak havoc on sinuses. Consider professional duct cleaning to conquer the problem.
10. Call Air Specialist for more allergy solutions.
Air Specialist A/C Heating Insulation & More of Houston lives up to its name with allergy solutions to fit every budget and lifestyle. We’ll help you determine the best air-quality solution for your home, helping you breathe easier during allergy season and beyond. Call Air Specialist A/C Heating Insulation & More now at (713) 481-1305.
Are spring allergies weighing you down with a stuffy nose, itchy eyes, and other irritating symptoms? Air Specialist is your allergy-season solution. Check out our blog for ten tips for combatting spring allergies.