Spring is not the only season for allergies. Allergies can occur at any time of the year, but certain seasons are associated with an increase in allergens in the air. Fall brings problems with ragweed pollen, which grows throughout the country and gets released into the air from August through November. September is the highest point for ragweed pollen counts.
Another source for fall allergies is mold growth—and there’s a good reason for an increase in mold growth during the fall, which is big piles of leaves everywhere. Rotting leaves provide a fertile environment for mold to grow, and the spores mold releases trigger serious allergies symptoms such as watery, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing, and wheezing.
It comes down to this: if you or people in your household suffer from allergies or asthma, you want to prepare yourself for the fall spike in pollen and mold. There are medical steps you can take—we’re not qualified to offer that kind of advice, but we can help you with methods to improve your indoor air quality in Acworth, GA and make the coming allergy season much easier for you and your loved ones.
Zapping Mold With a UV Air Purifier
We’ll start with mold, because we can provide you with one of the best weapons against mold spores and mold growth in general: a UV air purifier.
This type of air purifier uses lamps that emit ultraviolet radiation. UV radiation is harmful to organic tissue. These lamps aren’t powerful enough to hurt people or pets, but they’re lethal to mold and mold spores. UV light either destroys mold and mold spores on contact or renders them unable to reproduce and therefore inert and harmless. The light also stops mold from growing inside the HVAC system where it can be distributed through the ductwork.
UV air purifiers also destroy bacteria, viruses, germs, and other microbes to create a healthier environment in general. And it does all this without putting any chemicals into the air of the house.
The Power of Air Filtration
What about dealing with the pollen that spikes during the fall? The good news is that pollen is easier to remove from circulating through your house than mold spores. You’ll need a whole-house air filtration system installed into the ductwork to trap the pollen (along with dander, dust mites, and other common allergens). This type of air filter isn’t the same as the blower filter already on your HVAC system that you change regularly. That filter isn’t designed to improve indoor air quality; it protects the interior of the HVAC cabinet. To take actual action against allergens, you’ll need professionals to find the ideal strength of a whole-house filter and install it into the HVAC system.
Other Purification Options
There are other types of air purification systems that can help to control allergens in your home, such as ionization purifiers. Several air purification systems combine multiple technologies into a single contaminant-fighting machine, with filtration, UV lights, and ionization. Our team will work with you to find the best type of IAQ solution to make your home a fortress against allergy season.
Dayco Systems has been Metro Atlanta’s choice for more than three generations. Reach out to us today for help improving your indoor air quality.