If you’re like me, Mountain Cedar allergies are a nightmare. Unfortunately, we’re in the middle of the peak season for Mountain Cedar – and allergy sufferers in San Antonio are getting hit hard. Just for a comparison: On December 15th, the Mountain Cedar level here was 30. Yesterday, it was 26,700. Ouch.
There are a couple of things you can do to help with allergies inside your home. Here are few simple steps to help fight mountain cedar. The easiest thing is to make sure your air filter is being changed out on a regular basis. In the summer, that means every 30 days. In the winter, it’s usually every three months – but if allergies are causing problems for you right now, you might want to replace your filter every month. One other tip – try to find a filter with a high MERV rating. The MERV ratings go from 1-16, and the higher the ranking, the better. Most filters you find in stores are in the 1-4 MERV range. So try to find a filter with a MERV rating in the 9-12 range, which is usually the highest that’s sold for home use.
If that’s not enough, another option for you to consider is adding a UV purification light to your home’s AC system. These lights are installed on your ducts and kill up to 99% of pollens, viruses and bacteria that are in the air. These UV lights won’t break the bank, so it can be another option for a lot of allergy sufferers.
Unfortunately, Mountain Cedar is sticking around for a while. The season usually lasts through February. Here’s hoping the record levels are gone long before that!