Hay fever, or allergic rhinitis, comes from an allergic response to common indoor or outdoor pollutants like dust mites, biological growth, insect droppings, pet dander, and pollen. It often feels like a cold, and it can cause sinus problems, eye irritation, sore throats, and fatigue. However, unlike many illnesses from bacteria or viruses, it doesn’t include fever as a symptom. You can prevent hay fever by using a dehumidifier, adding an air purifier, and maintaining your New Orleans, Louisiana, home’s HVAC system.

Using a Dehumidifier

The hot, humid Louisiana air is an ideal environment for biological growth, as well as cockroaches, silverfish, dust mites, and other pests. Removing extra moisture from your home with a dehumidifier will help you get rid of these possible sources of hay fever. It will also make you feel cooler. That way, you can stay comfortable while using your HVAC system less and saving energy.

Adding an Air Purifier

Air purifiers have filters to catch allergens, and some models can even capture bacteria and viruses. You should change your filter once per month when you change your HVAC system’s air filter. You can use a portable air purifier in one or two rooms at once or have a whole-home version installed in your ductwork.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

You should get your air conditioner inspected by a professional at least once a year. That way, you can find leaks in your ductwork, gaps in your insulation, or other problems that could let allergens into your home before anyone gets hay fever. Keep vegetation and debris like leaves or grass clippings away from your outdoor unit, and avoid plants or trees that often cause allergies, like ragweed, cedar, cypress, maple, elm, oak, and pecan.

Bryans United Air Conditioning has more than 35 years of heating and cooling experience. We can help you avoid hay fever and keep your family comfortable. Call us at 504-208-2071 for outstanding service for your home or business from our friendly, expert technicians.

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