Central Florida has been experiencing nice, dry air these past few weeks. It is wonderful to fling open the windows and sit on the screened porch. However great that dry air feels, when opening up your house to let that fresh air come inside, you are also inviting pollen, dust and mold spores into your home as well.
The Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma reports that May 2015 levels of pollen and mold are at the moderate level this year. The worst offenders are grasses, oak, and palm pollen. When you open your doors and windows, the breeze naturally carries these spores into your home. When you go outside to do yard work, or even just run errands, you will pick up pollen on your clothes and in your hair. What should I do, you might ask? Well, you can't live in a vacuum, but there are several steps you can take to be proactive about the quality of your indoor air.
First, make sure that you regularly change out the filters on your HVAC uptake. Second, have your air ducts cleaned out yearly to keep debris, dirt and mold from building up inside. Third, keep your entire HVAC system in top working form so that air inside your home is circulating properly and constantly being filtered. Four, remove clothing after yard work and wash your face and hands. If possible, wash your hair as well to remove all pollen and dust.
Following these simple suggestions should help to squash allergies and keep your indoor air quality at its best.