How to Beat Summer Allergies
Summer allergies can make enjoying your favorite activities much more challenging. To reduce summer allergy symptoms, take preventative measures. Use all the tools available to you through your home’s HVAC system.
Here’s the blueprint to finally beating your summer allergies!
Summer Allergy Symptoms
Is it summer allergies or a summer cold? While neither is much fun, understanding the difference between the two can help you make smart decisions to feel better.
Summer allergy symptoms include:
- Runny nose
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Nasal drainage that may cause a sore throat
Summer allergies do not cause fever. Fever is often the best way to differentiate your summer allergies from a virus.
What Causes Summer Allergies?
Like all seasonal allergies, summer allergy symptoms are typically caused by the emergence of new plants that bud or bloom during a specific time of year. Tree pollen peaks in spring, while most common June allergies mark the start of pollen season. Allergy season varies by region, climate, and local weather patterns.
Pollen allergies are often associated with plants like:
- Cockle weed
- Various types of grass
Your allergies may be triggered by a combination of pollen or specific pollen types. Working with an allergist can help you pinpoint the exact causes of your allergies. In some cases, they can recommend medications or therapies to help you live more comfortably during allergy season. Speak with your doctor to learn more.
How Long Do Summer Allergies Last?
The start and end of summer allergy season will vary by region and by your specific allergy profile. In most cases, summer allergy season starts in April and lasts until late September or October. Symptoms may not disappear until a few consecutive nights of near-freezing temperatures, which signal plants that winter is on the way.
Ways to Reduce Summertime Allergy Symptoms
It might require creating new habits, and making just a few changes around your home can reduce the impact of seasonal allergies. These tips can play a role in making summer allergies a mere nuisance rather than a knockout punch.
1. Try Keeping Windows Closed During Allergy Season
Keep allergy triggers outside and create a nearly pollen-free oasis at home! While it’s impossible to eliminate pollen from your home, keeping doors and windows shut as often as possible can lower pollen levels and reduce the severity of symptoms. Avoid sleeping with the window open; allergies don’t sleep at night, and that cool breeze could be loaded with pollen!
2. Wash Your Bedding and Clothing Often
Pollen gathers everywhere, but it can be particularly tough to remove from fabrics. Wash your bedding, entryway rugs, and any decorative blankets or pillows in hot water weekly. This can get rid of pollen and dust that may be triggering your symptoms.
3. Be Sure to Shower Frequently
Shower every time you come in from sustained periods outdoors. Wash your hair and try to take off outer layers of clothing at the door to reduce the amount of pollen you bring inside.
4. Watch the Pollen Count
Know when to stay inside. Many weather applications and websites now include regional pollen counts. When pollen counts are high, consider planning to stay indoors to avoid the worst days of pollen activity.
5. Invest in Improved Air Purification Solutions
There are several ways to reduce the impact of seasonal allergies with your HVAC system. Our technicians can inspect your home and identify opportunities to clean your ducts, improve air filtration, and effectively manage your home’s humidity levels. Allergy sufferers should prioritize indoor air quality for year-round benefits.
Can Window Air Conditioners Cause Allergies?
There is a common misconception that window air conditioners, and air conditioners in general, can cause allergies. Air conditioners don’t cause allergies, but they can move pollen around the room and possibly trigger symptoms. By replacing the filter on your air conditioner and home HVAC system regularly, you can reduce levels of pollen, dust, and dander.
Take on Your Summer Allergies with One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning
By taking these steps and keeping your HVAC running smoothly, you can enjoy excellent indoor air quality year-round. Our professional technicians help you identify the most efficient air filters and even whole-home air purifying systems to avoid summer allergies. Call (800) 893-3523 or request an appointment today!