Are You Ready for Allergy Season?

happy family enjoying homeThe spring season is well underway in the Atlanta area, and summer is just around the corner. This is a beautiful season here in Georgia with all of the flowering trees and plants blossoming. Unfortunately, it can also be a time for sniffling, sneezing, and itchy eyes and noses for people who suffer from seasonal allergies. How can you enjoy springtime and help keep your allergies at bay?

While there isn’t that much Empire can do to help you stay allergen-free outside, we can help make sure those allergens stay out of the air you and your family breathe inside your home. In this article, we’ll talk about some of the common allergens that are abundant in the Atlanta area this time of year, and how you can avoid bringing them into your home. We’ll also tell you about some of the indoor air quality products we offer that can help. Keep reading to learn more!

Common Spring Allergens & How to Keep Them Out of Your Home

Allergy season in Georgia can begin as early as January because of our climate here, but the worst months tend to be in the spring and early summer. During the spring, tree allergens are abundant, and the most common culprits are alder, elm, maple, juniper, and oak. The pollen from these trees can cause a whole host of respiratory concerns for allergy sufferers, including sniffles, sneezing, stuffy nose, and itchy, watery eyes.

Then, once the summer months begin to arrive, so do pesky grass allergens. Rye and Bermuda oat grass cause most of the issues for people, and these allergens peak in mid-May through June. What can you do to keep these allergens out of your home? Here are a few practical tips you can follow:

  • Remove shoes and outerwear at the door. Pollen from trees and grasses can cling to your shoes and jacket, and when you wear them into your house, you’ll track that clinging pollen all around your home.
  • Sweep and vacuum your floors often. Carpeting is an ideal place for allergens to settle, and they’ll get stirred up every time you walk through the room. Making sure to vacuum and sweep regularly can help.
  • Keep windows closed on high-pollen days. While a nice breeze coming through the window can feel great, it can also allow airborne pollen to enter your home. Keep an eye on pollen trackers and on high-pollen days, keep windows and doors closed as much as possible.
  • Shower before bed. If you’ve spent much of the day outdoors, chances are pollen has settled into your hair. If you go to bed without a quick shower, that pollen will end up on your pillowcase and you’ll breathe it in throughout the night.
  • Launder your clothing. As we’ve mentioned above, pollen can cling to your hair and clothing. If you’ve been outside for a good portion of the day, toss whatever you were wearing in the laundry and wash those allergens away!

How can Empire help keep my home allergen-free?

People with more severe allergies may take all of the above measures and still find that they’re suffering from allergy symptoms, even indoors. Fortunately, there are many products that can help keep allergens at bay, and keep the air inside your home fresher and cleaner. At Empire Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that your home comfort goes beyond the temperature of your home. That’s why we’re pleased to offer our customers a broad range of indoor air quality solutions, from basic filtration to advanced purification. And, we can provide you with a complete indoor air quality analysis, so you’ll be sure that the indoor air quality products we recommend are the right fit for your home and lifestyle needs.

Improved indoor air quality is nothing to sneeze about – when you need better air quality in your home, Empire is ready to help. We take great pride in offering our customers quality indoor air quality products that can provide them with fresher, cleaner air. To learn more about our indoor air quality products, call us at 404-294-0900 or contact us online today!