When you think fall, you think pumpkin spice lattes, comforting soups, and for many of us, seasonal allergies come to mind. If you find yourself sneezing more than usual, ragweed may be to blame, as it’s the biggest allergy trigger in the fall. The yellow, flowering weed begins to release pollen in August and lasts well into September and October. Many who suffer from allergies to spring plants are also affected by ragweed, which travels hundreds of miles on the wind just to be near you. So nice.
Another fall allergy trigger is mold. Outdoor mold spores thrive in damp outdoor places like piles of wet leaves. Dust mites are most active during humid summer months, yet fall is when they tend to cozy up in heating systems, re-entering your indoor air when you first turn on the heat in the fall. If you’re sneezing and wheezing, with a runny nose, you may be affected by dust mites. Often kids are affected when they start the new school year since mold and dust mites are common in schools.
What you can do to help.
Air purifiers do help allergies. Blueair purifiers eliminate 99.97% of harmful airborne allergens down to 0.1 microns in size from your indoor environment. Using an air purifier in your bedroom can substantially decrease the impact of allergies, but there are other steps you need to take to maintain an allergy-free environment. To survive the fall allergy season, we recommend the following tips.
Fall allergy survival tips:
- Stay indoors with windows and doors closed, especially in the morning when pollen is at its peak
- Check specific pollen counts in your area
- Clean heating vents and change your furnace filter before turning heat on for the first time
- Shower before bed, and wash sheets in hot water to remove allergens brought indoors on your hair in clothes
- Keep your home humidity within the right range with a humidifier
- Wear a mask when you rake leaves so you don't breathe in mold spores
- Use HEPA filter to remove pollen, mold and other airborne pollutants from the air you breathe
- When you are already dealing with chronic sensitivity to things like pollen, mold and other airborne allergens, you are more susceptible to rapid changes in temperature and moisture, and to catching a common cold or flu. Our Blueair purifiers will help with that too.
Best air purifier for fall allergies:
To treat fall allergies, we recommend first investing in an air purifier for your bedroom. It is important to choose an air purifier that is designed for your room size, with severe allergies it can be helpful to choose an air purifier that is intended for a larger room size.