Allergens & Spores
The Biggest Allergy Trigger We See!
When the coil is dry & the heater finally kicks on, it usually send a lot of people over the edge when it comes to Allergies & Asthma. All that buildup of microbial debris from the long summer months will just become “friable” or crumbly and release through the duct system when the heat cooks it off.
Call Gulf Coast Air Care to Schedule Your Free Inspection. We will come out and check system to make sure your air quality is safe and protected and doesn’t land you in the hospital!
Keys to Surviving Allergy Season!
Clean the Air Ducts – Before turning on the heat for the first time have your home’s air ducts cleaned. Mold, dust, debris, and other allergens collect in vents during the summer months and will be blown into your home as soon as the heat is turned on. Once you turn off the A/C things start to dry out & become more likely to get airborne; adding heat to this scenario just sets you up for a big allergic reaction on the first heater cycle. Do you remember that awful burning smell the last time the furnace first kicked on? That smell is “the burning of some pretty unhealthy stuff” and it’s all blowing right into your home.
Change Your Air Filter – Dirty filters can’t collect or filter out the pollen bombarding your home. Go to a higher MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rated filter. This value measures the performance of air purifiers, specifically large purifiers intended to clean an entire house or building. The higher the MERV # rating, the better the filter is at handling all the airborne trash! Not only will you breathe easier, clean filters use less energy and will help lower your energy costs. Also use a HEPA filter in your vacuum cleaner to help eliminate pollen, dust, and mold.
Stay Indoors – Limit your time outdoors during peak pollen time. This is usually between 10am – 4 pm according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Keep the Allergens Outside – Leave jackets and shoes at the door to keep from bringing pollen inside. Shower at night and wash your hair to eliminate pollen that’s collected during the day on your skin and hair. If you have pets that go outside, keep them off the furniture and bathe them frequently to wash off pollen and minimize dander.