It’s Spring on March 20th!
March 20th brings the official start of longer days and warmer temperatures. With the arrival of spring, the natural world is revitalized and begins to grow in full force. Providing the perfect conditions for flowers to bloom and trees to develop greenery, the inevitable springtime allergens begin to invade otherwise healthy immune systems.
The Arrival of Spring
The official start of spring provides the northern hemisphere with twelve hours of daylight and twelve hours of night. The increased daylight hours allow the winter thaw to occur at a much faster rate, and flowers such as daffodils, lilacs, iris, and dandelions thrive in these early weeks.
Some people may even experience spring fever, which surprisingly, may not be the mere myth it is thought to be. Experts say that the changes in diet and temperatures in springtime effect hormones and chemicals within the body, causing a sense of transformation within people.
Common Spring Allergens
Hay fever and seasonal allergies begin in early spring, and can last throughout the warm months. With the increased exposure to pollen and mold, people with sensitivities can expect to start having symptoms with the warmer temperatures. There are various types of allergens floating in the air, such as:
Tree Pollen: Light and dry pollen cells are easily transported on the breeze, and come from Oak, Sycamore, Birch, and other early-blooming trees.
Mold: Also transported within air when carried by the wind, mold spores such as mildew and yeast can move indoors and thrive, as well.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, keep a portable air purifying unit with allergen-resistant filters installed. Close all doors and windows, and avoid going outside on windy, sunny, or warm days for long periods of time.
Pet Hair: A Common Indoor Allergen
Outdoor, seasonal allergens are not the only cause of discomfort for allergy sufferers. Pet hair and dander is one of the leading allergens indoors and can produce symptoms similar to those of hay fever.
There is technology that can be installed and utilized to help in the elimination of pet hair irritants, such as:
Update HVAC systems with allergen resistant filters. High-quality filters within these units can extend the lifespan of the system, while capturing particles like pet hair, bacteria, and pollen.
Invest in a HEPA vacuum cleaner to keep pet hair under control.
Place a portable air conditioning unit in a commonly used area of the home. Portable AC units are just as effective as large HVAC units but have filters which can be accessed with ease for cleaning purposes.
In the Anoka, Minnesota area, the professionals at Superior Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, Inc. want to help ensure that you are ready for the arrival of spring. Get in touch with an expert by calling 763-422-1721 today.