For many Tomball, Texas, residents, summer is prime allergy season. Even indoors, finding relief from pollen, pet dander, and mold can be difficult. Get to know some of the worst offenders in the area, and learn how handle top Texas allergens in your home.
Know What You’re Up Against
When you’re dealing with allergens, understanding what’s in the air is key. In the Tomball area, grass and tree pollen tend to be the most problematic seasonal allergens. Since Houston is a relatively green city, it might come as no surprise that allergy season can start as early as January and extend through September.
Tree pollen season typically starts first, and some of the worst offenders include cedar, oak, ash, elm, pine, and pecan. As spring approaches, grass pollen starts to take effect, with orchard, Bermuda, Timothy, and bluegrass representing some of the strongest allergens. In the late summer, ragweed season begins and typically lasts through early fall.
Not all allergens are seasonal, however, and some last year-round. Pet dander, dust mites, and mold can trigger allergy attacks any time of year. Since most Tomball homeowners spend more time indoors during the cooler months, these indoor allergens can be the hardest to handle in the winter.
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Develop a Cleaning Schedule
No matter what allergen you’re dealing with, keeping your home clean can go a long way toward reducing allergy and asthma attacks. If pollen poses a problem, do your best to keep it outdoors where it belongs. Wipe your feet carefully when you arrive at home, and remove shoes at the doorway. Change out of any pollen-covered clothes that you’ve worn outdoors, and put on clean indoor clothing instead. Take showers more frequently and wash pillowcases often to prevent the pollen in your hair from making you sneeze.
If indoor allergens are wreaking havoc on your sinuses, schedule a thorough cleaning session for your home once a week. This should include vacuuming carpeted surfaces and rugs, sweeping and mopping hard floors, and dusting surfaces. Vacuum upholstered furniture, launder curtains, and shampoo carpets regularly to tackle dust mites and pet dander. Consider putting knickknacks away and storing books and games in sealed containers to prevent allergens from accumulating.
Schedule Routine Preventive Maintenance
During the summer months, your air conditioner can help reduce allergen levels in your home. Make sure your HVAC system is up to the challenge by scheduling preventive maintenance twice a year.
When you call Integrity Comfort Solutions, our experienced technicians will start by giving your HVAC system a complete inspection. We’ll check the electrical wiring, replace any low fluids, test fans and motors, and check for malfunctioning parts. We’ll also replace the air filter, so you can rest assured that your air conditioner is cycling the cleanest air possible. During a season of heavy HVAC usage such as summer, we recommend that you continue to change the air filter once a month to keep your indoor air clean and pure.
Use an Air Cleaner
Though fresh air might seem like a welcome solution to an indoor air quality issue, remember that throwing open the windows can often cause more problems than they solve. If your family members suffer from seasonal allergens, outdoor air will only make them worse. You can rely on your HVAC system to clean and regulate your indoor air, but depending on your air conditioner’s age and capabilities, it might not be able to tackle a major allergen problem on its own.
At Integrity Comfort Solutions, we offer a range of whole-home air cleaners that take your home’s air quality to the next level. Air cleaners capture just about every harmful particle in the air, including pet dander, pollen, dust mites, mold, and even tobacco smoke. Even better, these units work with any HVAC system to clean your home’s air continuously and without adding to the cost of operating your cooling system.
Whether your home needs a new air cleaner or your air conditioner requires preventive maintenance, we’re here to help. Call the indoor air quality experts at Integrity Comfort Solutions: 281-346-3095.