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For some North Carolina residents, spring isn’t so much about flowers, butterflies, and warmer weather—it’s more about the impending doom of allergy season. If you’re an allergy sufferer, springtime means having to go through the various adverse symptoms of the season, including hay fever.

Allergies occur when histamines are produced in response to a foreign substance that comes into contact with the body. In some people, the immune system considers pollen, dust, or other substances as dangerous, and tries to protect the body from harm by battling the particles with immunoglobulin E antibodies. The antibodies cause histamines to be released into the bloodstream, which trigger symptoms. Eliminating dust, pollen, and other allergens in the air during the spring can help you prevent the onset of spring allergies before they even start affecting your body.

One of the best ways to prevent allergic reactions during the spring season is by keeping your home as clean as possible. Clean air is essential to you and your family’s health, which is why it’s so important to improve indoor air quality in your home with routine AC maintenance and air duct cleaning services of your HVAC unit. In this article, our expert team at Happy Home Heating & Cooling will discuss the many different ways of preparing for the allergy season, to keep your family safe and healthy in the springtime and throughout the year.

Begin Treatment for Known Allergy Conditions

Spring allergies can easily be prevented by taking over-the-counter antihistamine medication and nasal steroid sprays about two weeks before you start experiencing symptoms. If you normally suffer from allergies at the start of the spring season, it might be worthwhile to ask your doctor about preparing for the springtime with proper medication.

Some people develop allergies out of the blue, despite never having had problems with them before. If you start developing signs of an allergy during the spring season, there’s a good chance you’re being affected by the increase of pollen and other springtime particles in the air. Here are some of the symptoms of allergies in the spring to look out for:

  • Red, itchy eyes
  • Stuffy nose
  • Constant sneezing
  • Runny nose (post-nasal drip)
  • Sinus congestion
  • Sneezing and sniffling
  • Dark circles under the eyes

Early Spring Cleaning

Start your spring cleaning as soon as you can to get rid of winter cobwebs, dust, and pollen that have made their way inside your home. If you are working on your yard, don’t forget to wear a NIOSH 95 mask to avoid inhaling allergens. Also, keep in mind that pollen can stick to your clothes; therefore, make sure to quickly change your clothes and take a bath after doing your spring cleaning.

Keep Your Windows Closed

As much as we might love the springtime breeze flowing in through the windows, an open window is an invitation for pollen to enter your space from nearby trees, grasses, weeds, and flowers. If you have allergies, it is important to keep your windows closed tightly to prevent these allergens from making their way inside your home, your car, your office, or any other enclosed space you spend time in.

Keep an Eye Out for Mold and Mildew

Aside from pollen, spring allergies can be triggered by mold and mildew which can flourish in the warmer weather of the springtime. Mold and mildew growth is commonly in basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas of the home that have high levels of humidity. Be sure to check your home for mold and mildew growing on walls, ceilings, around window, and other areas to make sure your indoor air quality isn’t affected. If you suspect mold but can’t find any, have your home professionally inspected for mold and mildew growing in areas not visible to the untrained eye. Also, monitor and keep your home humidity levels at less than 50%, and replace tile walls, flooring, and other older construction materials with anti-mold and mildew products installed in your home.

Change Your Air Filter

You can keep your living environment a pleasant one through routine AC maintenance and air duct cleaning. If you need help maintaining your air conditioning system in peak condition, you can hire a reliable HVAC company to perform routine maintenance and repairs for you. The service should include changing your air filter, which is recommended to be done every three months and especially before the springtime.

Your Most Trusted HVAC Company in North Carolina

Happy Home Heating & Cooling has helped thousands of families in North Carolina improve indoor air quality with top-quality air duct cleaning and routine AC maintenance services. With our team of NATE-certified professional HVAC experts and excellent quality products from leading brands, we’ve established a solid track record of satisfied clients over decades of service in the community.

Aside from our maintenance services, we also provide air conditioning repair and installation of new HVAC systems in order to ensure healthy indoor air quality. To learn more about how we can help you, call or email Happy Home Heating & Cooling today. You may also want to fill out this online form to schedule an accurate in-home estimate free of charge.