While the daytime temperatures are already hot in Hanahan, South Carolina, the pollen counts are in the medium range. But that doesn’t mean those who suffer from allergies and asthma are in the clear. If you find yourself sniffling, sneezing and coughing, pollen is likely to blame. Here’s how to prevent pollen from making you feel sick:
Keep Windows Closed
To avoid as much exposure to pollen as possible, keep the windows in your home and car closed at all times. To prevent your air conditioner from bringing in pollen from outside, set it to re-circulate the air on days with high pollen counts.
Avoid Outdoor Activities
Pollen counts are at their highest between 5 A.M. and 10 A.M. Avoid outdoor activities during this time to limit your exposure to pollen. The best time for outdoor activities is after rainfall. The worst is when it’s dry, warm and windy.
Wash Everything Thoroughly
You can’t bunker up forever. Remember to wash your hands and face every time you return home from outside. Change your clothes, too, and throw them in the washer. Take a shower daily, and wash bedding weekly in hot water.
Invest in IAQ Solutions
Maintaining healthy indoor air quality is imperative if you don’t want to feel sick during high pollen counts. Change your HVAC system’s air filter monthly. Consider investing in some of the following IAQ products to help you clean your air:
- Air purifier: Captures and kills airborne pathogens, including bacteria and viruses.
- Air dehumidifier: Helps balance humidity levels during the summer to avoid microbial growth.
- Ventilator: Exhausts stale indoor air outside and draws fresh outdoor air inside.
Do you want to improve your indoor air quality and prevent pollen from making you feel sick? Contact Berkeley Heating & Air Conditioning today at (843) 277-6030 to learn more about the IAQ products we carry and install.
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