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Five Common Fall Allergens – and How to Protect against Them

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While most people associate allergies with the spring, fall is also an allergy season with different challenges for managing symptoms and controlling exposure to allergens – especially considering the amount of time we spend indoors, where air quality tends to be worse (unless you have an air purifier).

Here are five of the most common fall allergens you’re likely to encounter this fall.

  1. Weeds – Fall weeds and decaying leaves cause most of autumn’s allergy problems. Pollen from fall weeds is typically smaller and more difficult to see than the spring variety, and can accumulate in the air of your home.
  2. Pets – In addition to their own dander, pets can carry in outdoor allergens any time they reenter your home. Bathe your pets more often in the fall (and spring) to reduce allergen exposure risk.
  3. Dust & Dust Mites – Dust mites are the number one indoor allergen; the more time you spend indoors, the higher the risk of allergy problems caused by these microscopic pests, which are most likely found in or around your upholstery and bedding.
  4. Mold – Mold thrives in the fall, since it’s nature’s key to breaking down fallen leaves. As it performs this important role, mold releases millions of spores into the air and onto the ground – and into your home via your clothing and shoes. You can reduce some exposure risk to fall mold by taking your shoes off when you come in the house.
  5. Cockroaches – The population of these pests tends to spike during the fall. Controlling their presence in your home is the key to managing this problematic allergen.

Just like in the spring, taking steps to minimize your exposure to fall allergens is the key to reducing allergy suffering. An air purifier is one of the best ways to do it as you spend more time indoors.

Don’t suffer with allergens this fall – invest in a quality whole house air purifier for your Massachusetts home. Contact us today to learn more!