Are You Ready for Fall Allergy Season?

Fall Allergy SeasonThe beginning of fall is a few short days away. For many around the country this is also the start of fall allergy season. Are you prepared? Do you have the necessary items to get the upper hand on your allergies? Here are a few products that will help in the battle against your allergies.

Lennox Whole House HumidifierHumidifiers.  Humidifiers provide moisture and help relieve allergy congestion. Having a humidifier on hand will help you manage your allergy symptoms better. Consider the Lennox Whole House Humidifier to control the issues caused by dry indoor air. This whole house system works with your heating and cooling systems to add moisture into your home. With an 18 gallon per day capacity, this humidifier can be used in homes up to 4,200 square feet.

Honeywell Air Purifier-HEPAAir Purifiers. The main battle against allergies starts with clean indoor air. Indoor allergens cause as many problems for allergy sufferers as outdoor allergens. Having an air purifier that is specifically designed to remove allergens will make this season easier for you to tolerate. The Honeywell HEPA Air Purifier is an allergen remover that reduces 99% of airborne pollutants such as pollen, mold and pet dander. This HEPA air purifier has SurroundSeal Technology that minimizes air leaks to ensure that air passes through the filter.

Miele vacuum Bags and Vacuum FiltersHEPA Vacuum Filters. Despite being an overlooked source of allergens in our home, the cleanliness of our carpet should never be ignored. Be sure to vacuum your carpet regularly with HEPA Vacuum Filters. The Miele Vacuum Bags and Vacuum Filters captures household dust, pollen and other allergens. This bag expands while vacuuming, making it flexible and tear-resistant. There are five vacuum cleaner bags and two Miele FJM replacement vacuum filters included in this package. Click here for a complete list of vacuum cleaner filters, bags and belts we sell.

An air filter is also effective to fight off allergies, as it is often the simplest defense we can use against it. Don’t wait for your allergies to strike first. Be proactive and take steps to prepare for allergy season today.

Prepare for a Longer and More Severe Fall Allergy Season

AllergiesFall is quickly approaching and it looks like allergy sufferers are in for a tough season. ABC News recently reported that “with record pollen counts already on the board for August, this fall is gearing up to be on the worst, and longest, allergy seasons yet. “  Allergy experts and scientists have noted that this allergy season may be a few weeks longer than the last few years.

Because  of a “a particularly wet summer, ragweed pollen levels are surging and standing water left over from summer flooding and Hurricane Irene has increased the amount of mold, a common year-round allergen, in the air.”

Pollen from trees and grass are the major triggers for spring allergy sufferers, but ragweed pollen is the typical trigger for most fall allergy issues. The fall allergy season “usually runs from mid-August until the first frost of the year, around early October, but if the frost is delayed, as is predicted for this year, the allergy season goes on indefinitely until it comes.”

Scientists have also argued that climate change is a source of the lengthening allergy seasons. Warmer weather leads to warmer, longer-lasting autumns, which in turn means that there’s less frost to destroy ragweed and prevent allergies.  In addition, higher temperatures lead to a similar problem with spring allergies, including spring starting nearly a month early.

Dr. Clifford Bassett, Medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, also notes that “single ragweed plant produces a million pollen grains, but if you expose it to greenhouse gases, it produces three to four times that much. So you have climate change making for a longer season, more plants and more potent pollen. It’s like a perfect storm.”

Allergy experts advise that you should take extra precautions this fall allergy season: “limit your exposure to the pollen, such as taking off outdoor clothing before coming into the bedroom or wearing sunglasses to prevent pollen from blowing into your eyes. Most importantly, if symptoms become severe or over-the-counter treatments don’t seem to be working, see an allergist.”