When Does Allergy Season Start?

Posted: April 7, 2021

It is estimated that more than 50 million people in our country have allergies. But if you’re especially sensitive, every day can be considered allergy season, especially if you react to such triggers as dust mites, mold and pet dander. However, some allergens—specifically pollens– are seasonal.

These include tree pollen in early spring, grass pollen in late spring, weed pollen in summer and ragweed pollen in late summer and early fall.

To reduce your suffering, here are some tips, courtesy of the IAQ experts here at Wilson Oil and Propane.

Minimize Exposure To Allergy Triggers

  • Limit your time outdoors on dry, windy days.
  • Delegate gardening chores that stir up allergens.
  • Remove and clean clothing that you’ve worn outdoors.
  • After spending time outside, shower to rinse pollen from your skin and hair.
  • Don’t hang laundry to dry outside — pollen can stick to sheets and towels.

Take Extra Precautions When Pollen Counts Are High

  • If high pollen counts are forecast, take allergy medications before your symptoms start.
  • Close doors and windows at night, or when pollen counts are high.
  • Minimize outdoor activity (such as walking or jogging) in the early morning, when pollen counts are highest.

Keep indoor air clean

  • Use air conditioning in your house and car.
  • Clean floors often with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA filter.
  • Use a dehumidifier to remove excess moisture from your indoor air.
  • Consider adding a whole-house indoor air quality system such as an air cleaner or UV light.

Maintain Your HVAC Equipment

The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your home can produce and spread mold and other allergens, so maintaining your HVAC systems properly is a key to keeping your home air healthy. If you haven’t done it yet this year, schedule your air conditioning maintenance for the cooling season.

Change Your HVAC Filters Regularly

Keeping your air conditioning clean can make a big difference in managing your allergy symptoms. Follow the manufacturer’s filter cleaning and maintenance instructions to minimize exposure to allergens from your HVAC system. Be sure to use the right filter for your equipment –consult your owner’s manual to find the range of filters that is right for your cooling system. If you need help figuring out which filter works best for your needs, reach out to us.

We Can Help You Keep Your Home Air Healthy Too

Wilson Oil and Propane installs indoor air quality equipment, including:

  • Whole-house humidifiers
  • Whole-house air cleaners
  • Ultraviolet-light air purifiers
  • Ventilation systems

Our trained, experienced indoor air quality technicians can help you determine what you need for your home, then expertly install, maintain and repair it. Read more about some of the products we offer to help you breathe easier.

We also encourage to look into our Aeroseal duct-sealing service. If you have duct leaks, you will experience reduced indoor air quality, including excessive dust and allergens.

Aeroseal is a safe and non-toxic method that has been used in thousands of homes, schools, hospitals, and government installations throughout the country and world. The process usually takes less than one day to complete and provides you with “Certificate of Completion” that illustrates the before and after results. Read about our Aeroseal service.

Contact us to find out more about our indoor air equipment products and services. We look forward to helping make your home a healthier place for you to enjoy this season.