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Role of Your HVAC System in Fall Allergy Prevention

While the fall season doesn't have quite the reputation as spring for triggering allergy symptoms, fall allergies still affect a huge number of people each year. And because of these effects combined with cooler temperatures, which limit your immune system's effectiveness, some people notice their allergy symptoms most during this season over all others -- but there are also ways you can reduce these risks, and proper use of your HVAC system is one of them.

At My Buddy the Plumber, we offer a number of services that will help improve your home's air quality and limit the presence of allergens, including home humidifiers and several other forms of maintenance or care. What are the most common major fall allergy risks out there, and what role does your HVAC system play in helping reduce these risks in your home? Here's a general primer.

Common Fall Allergies

There are a few major pollutants or contaminants that may cause fall allergies, including:

  • Ragweed: The single most frequent cause of fall allergies, ragweed pollen is part of the same family as common household and garden plants like chrysanthemum and marigold. Ragweed usually -- but not always -- starts to pollinate in the fall months, so if you see these plants growing in your home or around your local area, you may consider removing them if you suffer from allergies.
  • Mold: Another pollutant that's active all year, but may increase in fall due to damper and more humid clouds, mold may be more prevalent during this season due to the humidity. Damp areas like bathrooms, basements, laundry rooms and kitchens are more likely to experience mold growth -- but ever since home-owners started using dehumidifiers, it's become easier than ever to reduce your exposure risk.
  • Pollen: Many plants produce pollen spores that cause allergies during their active growing seasons. While some plants, including ragweed, grow all year, there are other plants that do follow a seasonal cycle -- and it's these plants' pollen spores you'll want to be especially wary of during the fall months.

How a Quality HVAC System Helps

Despite these risks, your HVAC system is a major asset when it comes to limiting the presence of contaminants in your home. Here are a few ways it can help:

  • Prevention: In addition to keeping your indoor air clean and filtered, an HVAC system also helps by preventing mold, pollen and other debris from getting inside in the first place. If you don't have one with a built-in air filter, it's relatively easy to install a system-wide filter for your HVAC system. At My Buddy the Plumber, we offer high-quality filters at discount prices; reviews on Amazon say these are some of the best around.
  • Control: Even if you don't have an air filter installed or regularly maintained, your heating and cooling system is also a major asset. In addition to prevent pollen from entering your home, the humidification effect of most HVAC systems helps keep moisture levels at a comfortable level during fall, helping reduce or even eliminate mold growth in damp areas of your house.
  • Protection: While it's impossible for an HVAC system to completely protect you from all allergens, the effectiveness of many systems is more than enough to make a difference. Spending time in your home with an HVAC system running (especially if it has an air filtration system installed) will help reduce allergy symptoms and keep your family healthy year-round.

For more on how your HVAC system contributes to limiting the presence of allergens and other air quality risks this fall and winter, or to learn about any of our HVAC or plumbing services, speak to the staff at My Buddy the Plumber today.

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