Common Allergies That Affect Americans in the Winter Months

Published on: November 7, 2014
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Allergy sufferers do not always get a respite from symptoms when cooler weather arrives. Winter allergies are a problem for many. Here are some of the main sources of these allergies and steps you can take to mitigate them.

Winter Pollen

Pollen allergies are often associated with spring when many trees release pollen. However, trees like the mountain Cedar, pollinate in the winter and can be a source of winter allergies for anyone living in the region.

Mold Allergies

Many molds prefer warm temperatures, but that doesn’t mean mold isn’t a problem during winter.  Mold spores are common everywhere and, given the right conditions, will proliferate and contribute to winter allergies. These conditions include moisture, organic material to act as a food source, and the right temperature. A kitchen, bathroom or laundry room, for example, easily provides a suitable environment for mold growth due to extra moisture, warmth and food sources such as cardboard boxes, food particles and soaps.

Christmas Tree Allergies

A seasonal Christmas tree is another potential source of allergies. You may be allergic to the type of tree itself or sensitive to types of pollen remaining on the tree, dust and mold on old ornaments and mold growth on or near the water receptacle.

Tips for Reducing Winter Allergies

While you have little control over the air outdoors, you can take measures to improve indoor air quality by reducing allergens.

  • Keep floors and other surfaces clean to reduce mold spores, dust and pollen.
  • Keep indoor humidity levels comfortable. Use exhaust fans in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms and use humidifiers or dehumidifiers as needed.
  • Launder bedding in hot water to remove mold spores, dust mites and pollen.
  • Use high-rated air filters in the HVAC system and change them often.
  • Clean the tree and holiday decorations before putting them up. Consider switching to an artificial tree if you still have symptoms.

For expert help in dealing with air contaminants and winter allergies, contact us at AirConditioningSouthEast.com. We can help you find a contractor in your region.