Allergies plague millions of people every year, and Houston is one of the most allergen-rich communities. While most of Texas has a few types of allergens in common, Houston’s humid subtropical climate grows a biodiverse flora both cultivated and wild. There are more than two dozen pollinators in the Houston area that can make most of us sneeze (and more!) each spring and summer. Find out what they are and how can you alleviate allergy symptoms.
Top 20 Allergens in Spring and Summer Affecting Indoor Air Quality
Most of the allergens in the Houston spring and summer come from pollen. There is a variety of well-known heavy pollinating trees in Houston along with pollinating grasses and weeds. The summer is also a heyday for mold spores of several species that thrive in the moist climate.
Spring to Fall Tree Pollen
Texas loves trees! But these trees release pollen from April and September that set off some people’s allergies:
- Cedar Trees
- Ash Trees
- Pecan Trees
- Elm Trees
- Cedar Elms
- Oak Trees
- Pine Trees
- Juniper Trees
- Birch Trees
- Box Elder Trees
Spring Grass Pollen
Grasses thrive in the Houston summer, and the grass pollen can be extreme. Many people are allergic to the rich mix of Baha, Timothy, and Bermuda grass that grows in abundance in the greater Houston area.
- Bahia Grass
- Timothy Grass
- Sweet Vernal
- Bermuda Grass
- Blue Grass
Summer Mold Spores
It’s an unfortunate fact of warm, humid climates that mold grows easily. When that mold releases spores, allergic reactions are the most common response. Some common mold spores in this area are:
10 Common Allergy Symptoms
Everyone reacts to various allergens differently. It is a defensive mechanism to keep potentially dangerous particles from endangering your health. An allergic reaction is when the body releases histamines into your bloodstream that cause increased production of mucus. Some of the many allergy symptoms are:
- Itchy, gritty, and/or watery eyes
- Congestion / Stuffy Nose
- Runny Nose
- Itchy Skin
- Hives and Rash
- Swollen Sinuses
- Shortness of Breath
Though typically irritating but harmless, in the case of mold be on red alert; these tiny fungi can take root in the human body and create significant health issues. If you experience any mold growth in your home, call a professional and consider installing a whole-home air purifier.
Tips to Get Relief from Houston Seasonal Allergies
How can you feel better from Houston allergies? The best way is to reduce the number of allergen particles in the air around you, agitating your sinuses, lungs, and skin. With protective measures, your home and office can become an oasis of clean air, even when the outdoors is full of triggering pollen.
- Weather-strip your doors and windows
- Change your HVAC filter
- Steam-clean curtains and upholstered furniture
- Vacuum carpets
- Wash pillows, blankets, bedding, and linens
- Dust, including corners and behind things
- Use portable air purifiers in every room
HVAC Services and Whole-Home Air Purifiers to the Allergy-Sufferers’ Rescue
Controlling your indoor air is easy and affordable. To help alleviate allergies from the angle of air conditioning:
- Tune-up your HVAC and change your air filters regularly
- Upgrade your air filter MERV rating
- Clean HVAC ducts
- Install a whole-home air purifier such as the Dust-Free Active Air Purifier or the Apco Air Purifier
Air purifiers clean the air before it even enters your home, but they also make housecleaning more effective, removing dust particles already inside. You can escape from a pollen-rich Houston springtime and summer with an in-duct air purifier.
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With clean indoor air, people sleep better, think clearer, and stay healthier. To find out more about improving the air quality of your home and office and reducing Houston allergens, contact Hage Energy today. We can help you create a home or office free of allergens, no matter what pollens may be blowing up with each warm month.