Are you experiencing spring allergies? As the Indoor Air Quality Association reminds us, pollen and mold spores can travel long distances to bother us in our own hometowns. It’s dry here in Southern California–especially this year–but when it rains like it is doing today, the mold spores that are always present take advantage of the infrequent moisture to grow and thrive while they can. The week after a rainstorm here can be a devastating week for those with mold allergies.
We’ve been washing pollen off our cars already this spring and every little bit of yellow dust can mean a day of misery for those with pollen allergies.
Here is a short informative video from the IAQA about spring allergies to mold and pollen:
We have recommended opening the windows on our blog, but if you are an allergy sufferer, you might be better off with them closed on certain days. Other tips for reducing exposure to allergens:
Drive with the windows closed–not as much fun but maybe better for your health.
Clean your ventilation system–pollen can accumulate in ducts and vents and recirculate throughout your home.
Check mold spore and pollen counts when considering outdoor activities.
If outdoor activities are necessary on high mold spore or pollen days, consider wearing a quality air filter mask.
We hope that you are not allergic to mold spores or pollen and are able to enjoy the beautiful spring weather (at least after it stops raining)!