Allergic to pollen or have other common spring allergy woes? Sun is here to help!
How pollen works
As you’re probably already painfully aware if you deal with hay fever every spring, it’s worst from March to June. Towards the beginning of that, where we are now, the most likely type of pollen you’ll encounter is tree pollen. Later on, grass pollen is the worst, then in fall, ragweed is the big offender.
But what is happening right now here in Oakland County is, millions of microscopic bits of tree pollen have been released into the air, traveling along wind currents, with a goal of fertilizing other trees. And insects can carry these tree pollen bits a long way, too. Did you know that grains of pollen can actually travel as far as 400 miles? So, that means a lot of the pollen here in Oakland County is not from Oakland County at all!
How pollen impacts your home’s air, and your allergies
The reason we say all this? So you’re aware that millions of tree pollen grains are traveling along the wind, miles and miles, and many of them are making it into your home. You don’t just have to worry about pollen from trees in your backyard … Unfortunately there will be lots of pollen getting into your house, no matter what!
What happens next? A dense amount of pollen gets into your home, and unless you have some kind of filter or other method of getting rid of it, then your home can actually have more allergens and pollutants than the outdoors!
What to do
There are several things you can do to mitigate the amount of pollen and other allergens in your home. For one thing, if your air filter is dirty or clogged, then it won’t be able to trap allergens as effectively anymore. Be sure to change that filter!
Also, remember that pollen and ragweed aren’t the only types of common allergens. You might be allergic to dust mites, pet dander, or even something like cockroach shedding (ew!). So this is all a great reason to keep your home clean, dusted, and vacuumed. You might even be interested in what’s called a HEPA vacuum cleaner. In our last blog post, we talked about how HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) refers to any system that catches 99.97% or more particles as tiny as .3 microns. This is as small as many strains of viruses.
However, if you want a system for your entire home that can catch 99.97% of these particles, then consider the iWave Air from Nu-Calgon™, which generates more ions than any other air purifier in order to neutralize pollutants, allergens, bacteria and viruses.
This product uses the same technology as Mother Nature does, an ionic charge that interacts with contaminants in order to naturally get rid of them!