Fall weather means more time outdoors as the climate becomes more bearable. From hiking to football games to walks in the park, you may find yourself interacting with nature more than you did during the summer. That also means greater exposure to many different allergens that you may bring back into your home. One inconspicuous item may make the difference: your air filter.
What are common allergy symptoms in the fall?
Before examining air filters, let’s take a look at allergies at large.
Dr. Nicholas Stowell, a CEENTA otolaryngologist who practices out of our Concord office, gives some insight about allergies and common triggers. “When you have an intolerance to allergens like ragweed, pollen, mold, or pet dander, you may experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms that range from mild to severe.” According to Dr. Stowell, these can include:
– Itchy eyes
– Runny nose
– Nasal congestion
– Throat irritation
How do air filters help with allergies?
Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system contains a fibrous component known as an air filter. This filter traps dirt, debris, dust, and dander that flows into the HVAC to optimize its performance and longevity. It also ensures better air quality and a reduction of pollen and other allergens, possibly reducing your symptoms while you’re indoors.
Why is it important to change your air filters?
Like most things, your air filters won’t stay pristine. According to Morris-Jenkins, one of the most prominent HVAC contractors in the Charlotte region, your air filters should be replaced at least monthly. “When you don’t change your air filters every 30-60 days, not only are you risking damage to your furnace, but you’re allowing all kinds of allergens to spread in your home. A dirty air filter can no longer pull dust, pollen, fur, and other debris out of your home’s air. That means all those allergens are just floating around, driving your allergies wild!”
What if you need additional allergy care?
A clean air filter is a great step towards keeping your home allergy free this fall. If you still find yourself with a bothered nose or eyes due to allergies, your next best step is a visit to CEENTA. Our allergy specialists can determine what environmental allergens you’re allergic to and recommend treatment options like shots, tablets, and sublingual drops for your care. Schedule your next appointment with Dr. Stowell at our Concord location today and enjoy the fresh air again.
This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. If you need an appointment with an ENT doctor in one of our North or South Carolina locations, you can schedule appointment online or through myCEENTAchart.