Fall is a great time of year, but it does have its own unique problems when it comes to indoor air quality (IAQ). Fall allergies, often caused by the explosion of ragweed pollen, can make life miserable for many people. In late summer and fall, the fine yellow pollen can ride on the wind for hundreds of miles.
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A single ragweed plant can produce up to 1-billion grains of pollen every season.
If you are spending time outside, here are a few things you can do to protect yourself:
- Avoid outdoor activities during peak pollen hours of 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- Try to stay inside on dry & windy days
- Wear a facemask
- Change clothes, shower, and shampoo after outdoor activities
Merts Heating & Air Conditioning carries a complete line of products to improve your indoor air quality. Sophisticated air filtration and air purification systems can help. They may not remove all of the pollen, but they will greatly improve the air quality in the home.
Fall also brings much drier air, which poses its own set of problems. The lack of moisture can make allergy symptoms like sore throats and respiratory difficulties much worse. Many people don’t realize how important humidity is to maintain healthy indoor air quality. And don’t even get us started on how annoying static electricity is. Those shocking experiences are also caused by dry air.
The cure for all of your dry air problems is a whole-house humidifier from Merts. Proper humidity levels not only make your house more comfortable, but healthier as well. Research shows many viruses like the flu spread more easily when the air is dry. No small concern as we move into another flu season.
While this isn’t in our area of expertise, here is one other warning. Fall is the time many furry creatures are looking to stay warm by invading your home. Rodents and their droppings are another source of indoor air pollution. Do everything you can to keep your home sealed up against these invaders. If you know or believe you have a problem, you may want to call in the experts from a pest control company.
Don’t let indoor air quality problems ruin your fall. Call Merts Heating & Air Conditioning now to learn how we can help you improve the IAQ in you home, making you and your family more comfortable and healthier.