It’s finally summer in New Orleans, Louisiana. That means it’s time for festivals, concerts, and getting out with friends and family. But if you’re susceptible to summer allergies or asthmatic reactions, there are plenty of threats that can keep you from enjoying your summer. Fight summer allergies by taking control of your environment, and you’ll be able to enjoy a season free of sneezing and itching.
Watch Outdoor Air Quality
When you can, the best way to fight summer allergies is to avoid that battle altogether. During the summer, not only are allergy-inducing particles in the air, but smog is also at its worst. The heat of the summer causes the ozone resulting from air pollutants to build up in the air, which will only exacerbate your allergic reactions. If you’re planning on spending a fair amount of the day outside, check your local air quality report first. If it’s yellow or red, it may be best to stay indoors.
Humidity is always an issue for a coastal city like New Orleans. Many of us residents have just gotten used to it, but allowing high humidity to stake a claim on your home will wreak havoc on your allergies and asthma. Humidity stimulates biological growth, and it even reduces HVAC efficiency. Cut humidity by keeping your home well-ventilated, especially around wetter areas like the bathroom. If the growth is bad enough, consider installing a whole-home dehumidifier.
Install an Air Purifier
Your HVAC system comes with an air filter that catches particles as they pass through your airflow. This filter isn’t completely effective at its job, though, and if you’re especially susceptible to hazardous particles, a standard filter may not be enough to keep you healthy. If you’ve cleaned your home and done everything you can to fight off other indoor allergies but are still experiencing reactions, consider installing a whole-home air purifier. These air cleaners are far more efficient at catching and neutralizing particles than your standard filter.
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