Rid Your Indoor Air Of Pollen
Ah, spring! Flowers cover the azalea shrubs in Savannah, and budding trees dot the landscape.
But what about all that sneezing and wheezing because of pollen?
Pollen is an allergy trigger that does not stay conveniently outdoors. You track it into your Savannah home on your shoes, carry it indoors on your clothing, and bring it to bed on sheets you pin to the outdoor clothesline. It piggybacks on the fresh air that wafts through open windows and seeps through cracks and holes in attic walls.
Although you cannot control pollen outdoors, you can prevent it from lowering the indoor air quality (IAQ) inside your Savannah home. You can count on Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning to help you find the best solution to remove pollen from the air you breathe in your living space.
Our experts are skilled in all forms of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment, including air quality products. We’re a trusted source throughout Georgia and South Carolina for keeping families safe and comfortable.
Pollen Triggers Allergy Symptoms
You may notice fine powdery pollen that seems to coat everything outdoors at this time of year. The wind blows tree pollen around and can carry it for miles.
Weeds, grasses, and other plants are mainly responsible for releasing pollen into the air. Budding trees also play their part.
The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) counts pollen throughout the United States. Its National Allergy Bureau counting station in Savannah described the tree pollen count as high at the beginning of March. It tested pines, box elders, and cedars.
As more trees and weeds release their pollen this spring, the count likely will continue to be high.
Box elders and cedars are among the trees that tend to trigger allergies. Others include oak, elm, juniper, mulberry, willow, cottonwood, birch, and pecan, to name just a few.
Inhaling pollen can cause coughing, sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes, a sore throat, and headaches.
Tips To Reduce Pollen
The pollen county typically is higher in the morning and on warm, windy days. On those super breezy days, stay indoors and use your central air conditioner or heat pump instead of opening windows to keep your allergies from flaring up.
At Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend you schedule preventative maintenance on your cooling system in early spring before you need to use it regularly.
Wash your face and hands when you come in from the outdoors. Consider washing your clothing too. Dry your laundry indoors instead of on a clothesline outside. Leave your shoes at the door.
If you have a tree on your property that aggravates your allergies, trim its branches, or replace it with a species that does not cause allergy symptoms.
Improve Indoor Air
HVAC technology combined with simple efforts to reduce pollen in your Savannah home can improve indoor air quality considerably.
Our Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning experts offer solutions tailored to your needs. We are proud to recommend Trane products that keep your indoor air fresh and pollen-free.
Trane’s CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner, certified “Asthma & Allergy Friendly” by the Asthma Foundation of America, removes up to 99.98 percent of airborne particles, such as pollen, dust mites, and pet hair. It even reduces mildew, fungus, and bacteria.
Another option, Trane’s QuikBox™ Media Cabinet, helps to protect your HVAC system as it filters pollen, dust, and other contaminants from your indoor air.
Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) expel stale indoor air while drawing in fresh, conditioned, and filtered outdoor air. An ERV improves comfort in your home year-round.
Sealing and cleaning your air ducts are other options for improving indoor air quality. Our pros at Old Coast Heating & Air Conditioning can identify and repair holes and tears in your ductwork that introduce pollen, dust, and other debris into your home.
Duct cleaning removes contaminants in your air ducts. We recommend cleaning your ductwork every two years to prevent a buildup of dust and debris. A thorough cleaning not only improves air quality but also helps keep your HVAC equipment in top shape.