What Can You Do to Your Home to Reduce Seasonal Allergy Symptoms?
Unlike other places in the country, where allergy season is just a couple months long, pollen and other irritants can remain in the air year-round in Florida. This can make it hard to manage the symptoms that come with seasonal allergies. However, there are things you can do around the home to make your allergies more tolerable and reduce how much you suffer as a result.
What Causes Allergy Symptoms?
Plants release pollen and other substances to help new plants grow. These particles are carried through the air so they can reach the plants that need them in order to reproduce. Ideally, any particles that are left strewn around are washed away with rain, snow or other precipitation before they can begin affecting you. In other parts of the country, the cooler fall and winter temperatures stop plants from blooming which helps end allergy symptoms. But in Florida, where Spring and Summer temperatures persist for much longer than in other parts of the country, allergy season lasts much longer. When there is little rain, the plant matter stays stuck to surfaces like your roof, siding, car or driveway. This increases your likelihood of breathing in these irritants and suffering from symptoms, including:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Sore or scratchy throat
- Coughing, stuffiness and sneezing
- Shortness of breath and chest pain
Some of the top causes of allergies in the Central Florida area include:
- Oak and pine pollen from October through May
- Grass pollen and ragweed from May to December
How Can You Reduce Allergy Symptoms?
In addition to taking allergy medication, there are a few simple ways to reduce the presence of irritants in the air, including:
- Remove shoes and sweaters or jackets before you enter the home. This stops you from dragging dirt and irritants into the house and allowing these items to enter your indoor air supply.
- Clean the exterior surface of windows and windowsills often to keep pollen and other allergens from drifting in when you open them.
- Change your AC filter regularly to ensure any dust or dirt caught in the filter doesn’t recirculate through the house.
- While any plant you put in your garden or front yard will release pollen or another substance as part of their normal life span, chances are there are some plants who do not cause harsh symptoms for you.
- Use an air purifier to clean the indoor air and remove any irritants as the air cycles through the home.
With these simple home maintenance tips, you can make it easier and more pleasant to live in Florida any time of year. If you’re still looking for the right home in the Orlando area to call your own, contact the Core Group today. Our team can hep you find the right home and get it for the best possible price.