Allergen Air Testing
Pollen in the air can range from mildly irritating to completely debilitating for those with allergies. While your home and workplace should be refuges from outdoor irritants like pollen, it’s difficult to keep them completely sealed and pollen-free.
At Environmental Testing Solutions, we offer allergen testing services to determine the amount of pollen in your indoor air as well as consultation services to help you avoid and eliminate indoor allergens.
What Are Allergies?
Allergies come from Pollen which is a substance that plants release in tiny grains in order to fertilize other plants of their species, via the wind or insects. The main sources of pollen that affect humans and cause allergic reactions are trees, weeds, and grasses because their pollen is small and extremely light so it can be carried by the wind.
This means that pollen is often floating around in huge clouds from spring to fall. It can settle on your home or office building, causing them to turn a dusty yellow color, or accumulate in puddles on the ground giving them a pea soup appearance.
The most common plants that cause allergies are:
- most grasses
- lamb’s quarters
- birch trees, cedar trees and oak trees
Possible Allergy Symptoms from Pollen
Pollen allergies cause symptoms like:
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Itching of the eyes, ears, and mouth and red, watery, or swollen eyes.
- Shortness of breath
- Chest Tightness
While pollen allergies are not usually life-threatening, they can be highly annoying and preclude you from going outdoors at all during the peak pollen seasons.
Why Should You Test For Allergies?
It’s no fun feeling like you are suffering from a head cold for months on end, especially in your own home or at work. If pollen presents a problem for you, our experts at Environmental Testing Solutions are happy to help by testing your indoor air quality for pollen levels. That way you know if pollen is what’s causing symptoms indoors and you can take steps to eliminate the pollen from your home or office.
Once pollen has entered your home or business, it can be incredibly difficult to remove it, since, without proper airflow, the pollen can hang around for months. Even dusting and vacuuming won’t help, because that will just stir up the pollen rather than removing it. In fact, it’s a common phenomenon to find indoor pollen levels still rising even after outdoor pollen levels have fallen for the season.
According to the EPA, if you have a pollen allergy and are continuously exposed to pollen indoors, it can cause even more serious health problems like pneumonitis or asthma. If you suffer from pollen allergies, a common solution is to simply stay inside as much as possible. But, it turns out that maybe that isn’t such a good idea and it may even be making your sicker unless you have invested in a media air filter to capture airborne pollen particles in your home.
When Should You Test For Allergies?
Allergies is a seasonal problem, although it includes three out of four seasons in many areas: spring, summer, and fall. If you notice that even indoors you are sniffling and struggling with other allergy symptoms, it may be time to have your property tested.
If you can see pollen settling on surfaces in your home or office, you’ve definitely got a problem and should give us a call right away.
How To Prevent Allergies Being Indoors
Often a little bit of prevention can go a long way towards avoiding allergic reactions to pollen while indoors.
Limit Time Outdoors
First and most obviously, limit your time outdoors when the pollen count is high. That way you will breathe in less pollen and your body will not be triggered to release as much histamine. This also helps prevent pollen from settling on your skin, hair, and clothing, which means it won’t be floating around throughout the day.
If you have pets that go outside, limit your contact with them following outdoor excursions during the pollen season.
Keep Your Windows Closed
Keep your windows closed throughout the pollen season, and open your doors as little as possible. Use air conditioning to keep cool and be sure to use one that has certified asthma and allergy-friendly filter on it, to keep pollen and other irritants from entering your home.
Shower At Night
Shower in the evening once you are inside for the night. This will help remove any pollen from your skin and hair, which will prevent it from getting on your bed and causing symptoms throughout the night. Additionally, wash your bedding in hot water on a weekly basis.
Protect Yourself While Outside
If you choose to go outside yourself, consider wearing a hat and sunglasses to keep pollen from settling on your hair or getting into your eyes. Change clothes when you come back inside and wash the outdoor ones to prevent pollen from dispersing around your home. If you dry your clothes on an outdoor clothesline, consider switching to a dryer or an indoor rack during the pollen season.
Install A Media Air Filter
Finally, as we mentioned before, you may actually be facing higher levels of pollen in your own home or office than outdoors, despite your best efforts at prevention. If this is the case, your best and the only option is to install a media air filter that will trap and remove all pollen particles, while still allowing for the flow of air. This can drastically improve your pollen allergy symptoms and prevent the development of more serious maladies like asthma and pneumonitis.
Our team of experts at Environmental Testing Solutions can advise you on how best to go about this and keep your indoor air quality clean and healthy. Simply contact us today!