For many of us, rising temperatures means finally getting outside for some fresh air, but up to 60 million Americans will distress over the breeze coming in through those open windows.The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology tells us that pollen counts have been slowly rising every year, and are predicted to double by the year 2040.
The biggest culprit for spring allergies is pollen, with tree pollination beginning as early as February, followed by grass in the summer, and ragweed in the fall. The breeze does it's job of carrying these tiny grains well, traveling anywhere from 100 meters to hundreds of miles away, so it's not just that tree in your neighbor's yard that's making your eyes itch and your nose swell.
After a mild winter or when spring temperatures sneak up early, certain plants will follow suit and start to pollinate, leading to a longer, more intense allergy season for those who suffer this time of year.
With air quality affecting our health so significantly, it's no wonder hay fever, or allergies to pollen or mold, can make us feel so miserable this time of year. While we can't always predict conditions outside, we can help ward off troublesome allergies by knowing our sensitivities, and taking precautions against them.
Avoiding time outside during high pollen counts and keeping the windows shut is a start, but when the average American spends more than 90% of their time indoors, it becomes necessary to monitor and manage indoor air quality. With FILTERSCAN® WiFi Home, you'll always know when your air filter efficiency has become compromised, allowing you to switch your air filters when they are no longer keeping your space free of allergens and other contaminants.