Don’t be fooled. Those sniffles and sneezes aren’t a side effect of Playoff Fever (Go Spurs Go!). Live Oak catkins are falling left and right, bringing with them pounds and pounds of tree pollen. If you aren’t one of the many suffering from sneezing, watery eyes, congestion, coughing, itching eyes and more, don’t just take our word for it. Check out the PollenCast for the next couple of days.
While we can’t halt the seasons changing or control pollen production, Champion AC can offer great tips to fight off Spring allergies. Here are a few of our favorite, cost-friendly solutions for allergy relief.
Seal Your Home
Yes, the weather is beautiful. Yes, winter ran far too long this year. But if you’re allergic to the pollen falling freely from the trees outside, now is not the time to throw open your windows. Until the pollen count drops significantly, you’re better off making your home a safe haven from the sniffles by keeping windows, doors, chimney flues and any other openings tightly sealed.
Filter Your Air
We know that you can’t become a complete shut-in during pollen season. That means you, your family and pets are most likely going to bring pollen indoors with you when returning home. To fight off immediate symptoms, take a nice hot shower. Any lingering pollen will be taken care of by your air conditioner! That’s right! If you change your high-efficiency air filter once a month, airborne pollen will be filtered out of the air you breathe. Supplement your air filters by vacuuming regularly to remove any pollens or irritants that may be trapped in carpeting. For premium indoor air quality, look into advanced air filtration.
Sipping a nice cup of tea to help soothe your sore throat? Stir in some local honey for allergy relief! According to experts, adding local honey to your diet a month or two before allergy season can help reduce the negative symptoms. Check out the farmer’s markets in your area for a delicious twist on allergy relief.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.