It’s officially spring here in Baton Rouge, and we’re excited about the warmer weather! But with that toasty weather comes increased amounts of ragweed, oak, and grass pollens that can cause unwanted irritation for you and your loved ones. Our allergy season here in Louisiana lasts from February to early summer and can be brutal, so it’s important to take whatever measures possible to ensure you don’t suffer all season long.
One of the best ways to combat allergy season is getting familiar with your indoor air quality and learning what measures you can take to improve it. While you can’t reduce the number of allergens in the air outside, you can improve your air quality indoors to make sure you and your family are breathing peacefully. Fortunately, Southern Air Heating and Cooling is here to tell you what allergens are most active this season, and what you can do to combat the symptoms.
What are Common Allergy Symptoms?
Being able to identify the symptoms of allergies can be extremely beneficial for differentiating them from common colds or other illnesses. When you know exactly what’s making you stuffy or sneezy, it becomes much easier to combat it.
So what are some allergy symptoms for our most common allergens in Baton Rouge?
Ragweed is a plant that belongs to the daisy family, and we have tons of it here in Baton Rouge. Some symptoms of a ragweed allergy include:
- Scratchy throat
- Watery eyes
- Sinus pressure causing facial discomfort
- Poor sleep patterns
Oak is a big producer of pollen that gets carried by winds and can cause severe reactions in some. Symptoms of an oak allergy include sneezing, coughing, fatigue and itchy eyes.
Grass pollen is produced by (you guessed it) grass. Symptoms of a grass pollen allergy can include hives, welts, coughing and a watery nose. If you’re allergic to grasses, you most likely already know it, and it’s very important to keep this harmful allergen out of your home.
How Can Air Quality Testing Help?
Indoor air quality testing is a great way to combat those tricky pollens during allergy season. An IAQ test, done by a professional at Southern Air Heating and Cooling, will determine which allergens are present in your home so that you can be in a better position to keep them out for good.
What Are Some Beneficial Air Quality Services?
Once you’ve determined which allergens are present in your home, you can start thinking about ways to get rid of them. There are a few solutions for improving your indoor air quality, and what your home needs will depend on the results of your indoor air quality test.
Air purifiers are one of the cheaper options for addressing your indoor air quality. They are standalone units that work by sucking air in through open chambers and into a filter that catches pollen and other harmful particles.
Air purifiers are great when you want to improve the air quality of a specific room, but if you’re shooting for purification of your whole house, you’d have to buy a couple of these units and spread them around your home for them to be effective.
For this reason, people with severe allergies may find it beneficial to get something a little more functional.
Whole-Home Purification Systems
Whole-home purification systems are a larger purchase, but they are amazing for getting rid of those stubborn allergens all throughout your home. These systems are professionally installed directly into your HVAC system so that when your air or heat is blowing, your air is being purified simultaneously.
For people with allergies or asthma, whole-house purification systems are without a doubt, worth the extra bucks.
Call Southern Air Heating and Cooling for Your IAQ Services!
If you’re ready to schedule an IAQ test or a whole-house purification system, call us today! Southern Air Heating and Cooling has proudly served south Louisiana for years and we will be happy to answer any questions you have about indoor air quality issues and solutions.
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