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How Seasonal Allergies Can Affect Your Health

For individuals who suffer from allergies caused by natural sources like mold and pollen, shifts in the seasons can be a nightmare. While it is easy to stay indoors when the pollen count is high outside, did you know your indoor air quality could be making your allergies worse? The fact is, your home is not airtight and particulates will always find a way into your space.

Not all hope is lost, however; there are steps you can take to help eliminate common allergens in your indoor air. Read on to learn more about the importance of your home’s indoor air quality. Let the team at Southern Air help you breathe easier in your home this allergy season.

 

What is Indoor Air Quality?

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the measure of how many air pollutants are circulating throughout your home. Lots of different sources can contribute to poor IAQ, such as:

  • Cleaning supplies
  • Dust mites
  • Pet dander
  • Construction or renovation dust
  • Second-hand smoke

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air quality can be up to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. It’s important for your health to try to eliminate as many contaminants from your home’s air as possible. Keep in mind, though, that the particulates that are triggering your allergy symptoms may be coming in from outside.

 

Can Seasonal Allergies Come Indoors?

Many of the causes of allergy symptoms come from microscopic sources. These particulates are small enough to enter your home through small gaps and cracks around doors and windows. Once inside, they can enter your HVAC system and be recirculated throughout your space. Many Louisiana residents suffer from seasonal allergies caused by:

  • Tree pollen
  • Mold
  • Ragweed
  • Grass pollen
  • Dust

Since no one lives in a perfectly airtight house, seasonal allergies can affect your health even if you choose to stay inside.

Health Effects of IAQ

Once the microscopic particles that trigger your allergies find their way into your home, you may experience a number of symptoms. The health effects of poor indoor air quality can include:

  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Sneezing
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sore throat

The good news is, with the help of Southern Air, you don’t have to suffer through another allergy season. Our team is here to help pinpoint the source of your indoor allergens by performing an IAQ test.

 

Time for an IAQ Test?

During an indoor air quality test, our technicians will take the time to discuss the process before taking samples and measurements of your indoor air. During the follow-up meeting, you will be informed of the test results and presented with options to improve your air quality. Our technicians are thorough and timely, so you can rest assured the process will go smoothly.

The results of an IAQ test may reveal that you struggle with high humidity in your home – a common cause of dust mite allergies. Or your household may be very sensitive to specific types of tree pollen. Whatever the case, our team is here for you to discuss your options. We offer solutions that range from dehumidifiers to whole-home filtration systems. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions you have about your indoor air quality.

 

Banish Allergens with Southern Air

Southern Air has proudly served Louisiana residents for many years, and we’re no stranger to allergies! With poor IAQ and allergy symptoms being so prevalent, there’s nothing our team can’t handle. When it comes to improving your IAQ, trust the professionals at Southern Air. Contact us today!

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