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3 Florida Allergens Making You Sneeze This Spring

Spring is prime time for allergies in Sarasota, Florida. If you’re suffering from persistent watery eyes, congestion, and sneezing, you may be feeling the effects of local allergens in the air. Watch for these common triggers and do what you can to minimize them in your environment.

Pollen

Pollen peaks in Florida around March, with some pollination beginning as early as December. While most people associate pollen with flowers, they’re not the only plants you should worry about. Trees release a lot of irritating pollen in Florida as well. Some of the most troublesome culprits are birch, elm, Bluejack oak, and maple trees. If you have one of these near your home, make sure the house is well-sealed to keep pollen out. Add weather stripping around windows and caulk any cracks or other openings to improve indoor air quality.

Mold

Mold is a serious allergen in Florida. The humid climate is perfect for this type of growth. Molds release their spores in spring, causing allergies to flare up. Make sure your home is mold-free by watching for moisture in common areas like the bathroom and kitchen. Install exhaust fans if they’re not already in place to pull moisture out of these areas, and always keep these fans running while you cook, shower, or do other activities that create steam.

Dust

Are you doing a lot of spring cleaning? Is the windy weather whipping up dust in your house? Perhaps you’ve been using your ceiling fans more, but they’re caked in this covering. Dust is an irritating allergen. Maintaining a clean HVAC filter is good, but a whole-house air cleaner is even better for pulling dust as well as other allergens from the air in your home.

Do you need help improving the indoor air quality in your home to minimize allergy symptoms? Contact Aqua Plumbing & Air at 941-306-3715. We’ll help you keep your air clean and healthy so you can get as much relief as possible from your allergy symptoms.

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