A winter allergy is rarely seen as most allergies are seen during the spring and fall months as the seasons change and mold counts are at their highest. However, a winter can be common in the indoor environment according to certain factors which may be occurring in the home.
Indoor Air Pollutants!
Indoor air pollution which can actually become worse during the summer months can be tied to the occurrence of winter allergies. It is more prevalent in parts of the US and other parts of the world which get the full range of hot summer weather and moderate winter weather.
Air Conditioning Mold
The reason for this is that during the summer months as households use air conditioning (AC), mold can grow and colonize in the AC coil box. If the mold remains wet and doesn’t grow too large, it normally will not cause allergic reaction to household members during the summer. However, as the heat is used as the weather turns cold, this mold will tend to dry over weeks and the dead spores can actually break loose and circulate throughout the home. The human body does not know the difference between a dead or live mold spore and can have an allergic reaction to either.
Winter Allergy Strategies
Here are a few tips you can use to minimize allergy reactions during the winter months:
- Have your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) unit properly cleaned at the end of the cooling season to remove organic matter and mold spores from the surfaces.
- Use a HEPA (High Efficient Particle Air) vacuum cleaner and air purifier units which are 99.99% effective at removing mold spores and other dust particles from the indoor environment.
- Keep your sinuses rinsed with a sinus rinse product which will minimize sinus allergies, especially during the winter months.
About the author:
Stan K. Hall (Sick House Doctor) is a recognized specialist in Indoor Air Pollution as well as Health & Safety in the home. He has performed over 400 indoor environmental evaluations over the past 26 years and has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes a haven. He is widely known as the originator of T.E.A.M., the scientifically proven approach to controlling and resolving indoor air pollution.
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