Top Texas Allergens & Your Home’s Air

Sneezing. Sniffling. You know the drill.

Yep, it’s springtime in Texas, and some of the biggest allergic offenders are floating around in your home’s air. Texans know that big city living also means rather sneezy living; those trees might be pretty to look at this time of year, but we’re no strangers to the misery that comes with each and every bloom. We’re here to break down the top allergens in the DFW metroplex and how you can find relief with Reliant Air Conditioning.

Offender # 1: Tree Pollen

Last year’s map of overall pollen nationwide. Thanks, but no thanks.

Fewer allergens are as prevalent and visible than good old-fashioned tree pollen. It’s on your car. It’s on your clothes. It’s quite literally everywhere in your life for several months, causing itching and irritation at every turn. Pollen from oak and ash trees is especially problematic in our neck of the woods, causing not only seasonal allergies but asthma flare-ups and a very yellow metroplex.

Perhaps the only good news is that if you can see it, you can (somewhat) wash it away. Take a water hose to the areas in and around your home where tree pollen has settled, especially when it comes to high-traffic walkways and other areas that result in higher quantities of this mega-allergen from getting tracked inside your home. It also helps to take off your shoes before walking inside your house. Watch your furry friends, however. Pets tend to bring the outdoors inside, and this might mean it’s bathtime for Fido when the tree pollen is at its worst.

Offender # 2: Your Lawn

Summer forecast – mow, sneeze, repeat.

Eventually, the trees will calm down and we can say goodbye to the yellow haze. But wait – there’s more.

Grass allergy season tends to start as soon as tree pollen season subsides. Perhaps it’s a cruel joke from nature itself, but that gorgeous Bermuda grass thriving in your yard means lots of allergic particles in your air. Often called “hay fever”, grass allergies tend to last from spring until fall – just in time for the ragweed to kick in. If you’re noticing a pattern, allergies are really a year-round concern for many Texans. Keep reading, as we’ll get to our solution shortly.

Offender # 3: “Cedar Fever”

The juniperus ashei, or mountain cedar. Somebody pass the tissues.

The cause of this absolute utter state of desperation actually isn’t cedar at all – it’s a type of juniper, commonly referred to as mountain cedar – that plagues Central Texas. You don’t have to travel far south to find this sneezy scourge, either. (Our apologies to our neighbors in Austin. You guys are usually in the hot zone.) Signs that Cedar Fever season has arrived begin to manifest themselves in the early spring. They sometimes begin as early as January and can continue for several miserable months. The windier the weather, the worse the season; pollen granules can travel hundreds of miles under the right conditions, causing lots of citizens to scramble to the nearest pharmacy for relief.

Offender # 4: Mold

Mold is one of the worst in-home allergens of them all.

April showers bring higher mold counts, both outdoors and indoors. Mold can also be the most dangerous of the bunch. It can be found lurking inside in places where moisture tends to get trapped, and spring and summer conditions allow for your home to become the perfect petri dish for this sometimes toxic monster. The worst part? Mold allergies tend to peak in the spring alongside the pollen, meaning your suffering could be caused from both. If that doesn’t want to make you stay in bed during the beautiful weather, we don’t know what does.

Finding Relief With Reliant

We can’t do much about the trees, but we can help with the quality of air inside your home. There’s no need to suffer with Reliant Air Conditioning in your corner. We specialize in Carrier air cleaners, guaranteed to make it easier to breathe. If you’re struggling with pollen or mold, or if you’re simply concerned about bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants in your air, we want to hear from you! Here’s a snapshot at the air purification systems we proudly offer.

INFINITY® SERIES AIR PURIFIER

Our award-winning Infinity air purifier doesn’t just filter air: Its technology is unforgiving when it comes to airborne pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and mold. This whole-house air cleaner also re-purifies circulated indoor air as many as eight times per hour.

PERFORMANCE™ SERIES AIR PURIFIER

If clean air matters to you, this system may be just what you’re looking for. It’s designed to be more budget-conscious and to fit narrower installation spaces. It also uses top-of-the line technology to continuously filter out pollutants, allergens and pathogens in your home to leave you with cleaner, healthier air.

COMFORT™ SERIES EZ FLEX CABINET AIR FILTER

Designed to keep air flowing cleanly and efficiently through your home, this cabinet air filtration product is a convenient and affordable way to improve indoor air quality and system performance. Even replacing the filter is a breeze!

Interested in an air purifier for your home or concerned about your indoor air quality? You could hesitate, but don’t forget to stock up on the allergy medication in the meantime. We’ve been DFW’s gimmick-free provider of AC repair, AC service, and Carrier HVAC systems for over 30 years. Contact us today!

Blog Sources:

http://www.pollenlibrary.com/Local/Significant/Allergens/in/Dallas%20County/TX/

http://www.texasmedclinic.com/news/symptoms-remedies-cedar-fever-and-allergies-austin-san-antonio/

http://pollen.utulsa.edu/cedar.html

http://www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/worst-cities-for-allergies#8

http://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2011/june/why-youre-allergic-to-north-texas

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/metro/20150413-tree-pollen-at-the-root-of-dallas-areas-wicked-bad-allergy-season.ece

http://www.aentassociates.com/grass-pollens-begin-second-phase-of-allergy-season/

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