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Let’s Focus on Philadelphia Residents’ Indoor Air Quality

We’re certainly looking forward to warmer temperatures in Philadelphia, but some people, especially those with allergies and asthma, might be dreading them. That’s because spring may bring back the sunshine, but it also brings back the pollen.

Pollen season was pretty rough last year, with experts saying that an early spring with lots of warm, sunny days was to blame, so we’re probably looking at a similar situation this year. Looking to keep your pollen impact minimal? Here are some common-sense tips, plus some upgrades you can add to your Philadelphia air conditioning system to avoid the worst.

See a Doctor

We’re not medical professionals at Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, but allergies and asthma are medical issues that a doctor can help you with. Allergies can cause a seasonal sickness with cough and sore throat, or make you more susceptible to viruses.  It’s best to start with a doctor’s care if you’re having problems.

Limit Exposure

As with any allergen, when it comes to pollen the best offense is a good defense. Stay inside and keep windows shut, especially during the day when pollen counts are high. If you’re sensitive to pollen and need to go outdoors, try to do so as early in the morning as possible. To avoid carrying pollen around inside your home, change clothes and shower after outdoor activity, especially yard work.

Take Care of Your Indoor Air

No matter how hard you try to keep it out, some pollen is going to get inside your house. That, along with dust, pet dander and other indoor air problems can make things difficult for people who suffer from allergies and asthma.

Some people address this problem with stand-alone air filters, but they might not get the results they need. Air filters can only treat the air in a single room of your home, and only the lowest air in that room. Your HVAC system is a much better way to treat the air in your entire home.

Start by upgrading the filters you use in your HVAC system and change them often. A HEPA filter is the way to go to catch most pollen. If that doesn’t work well enough, consider adding a whole-home air cleaner to your HVAC system. Air sanitizers and ultraviolet lamps can get even better results, helping you breathe easier.

If you’re worried about pollen season this year, call the HVAC experts at Joseph Giannone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. We can recommend the solutions that are right for you and your family. Just call (215) 375-7134 or use our online scheduler today.