The fall allergy season is here again with its miserable cadre symptoms. But the coughing, sneezing, itchy watery eyes and general malaise brought on by allergies need not ruin your enjoyment of the autumn changes, as long as you take a few precautions to reduce allergens in your home.
What Type of Allergens Occur in the Fall?
Unlike springtime allergies that usually come from tree pollen, fall allergies tend to originate from weeds such as ragweed, sorrel, fat hen, mugwort and nettle. Mould spores also increase as trees shed their leaves for the winter. Allergy sufferers are advised to head indoors when these allergen levels are high outside, but how can you find relief if indoor allergen levels are high too?
How to Reduce Indoor Allergens for Fall Relief
Use a filter with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) between 7 and 13 for your HVAC system. True HEPA filters or filters with a MERV rating of over 13 are not recommended for central air system because their dense filtering media impede airflow through your system. However, studies have shown that filters with a MERV between 7 and 13 are very effective and have much lower costs associated with maintenance and operation of your system.
Use an indoor air cleaner with a HEPA filter, especially in your bedroom. Look for a unit with a CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) that will clean the air in your room every 4 to 6 minutes. If the noise of the unit is disturbing, consider buying a unit built for a larger room and running it at lower speed.
Use a dehumidifier to control mold, fungus and dust mites, which thrive in a humid continental climate.
For more information about fall allergies and indoor allergen abatement, please contact our experts at Reliance Home Comfort. We are dedicated to providing complete customer satisfaction for all your home comfort needs.