We’re generally glad to see the back of winter. The arrival of spring is long overdue and we’re glad to say goodbye to snow, frost, ice, and the driving rain. Unfortunately, there’s a small space of time where we have completely forgotten about the allergies that spring brings. You may have noticed they’re at their worst when you’re in your home. How can that be? The flowers and other potential allergens live outside, why are you so afflicted indoors?
Your indoor air quality is poor and the buildup of germs during the winter months certainly hasn’t helped matters. You’ve been shut away all winter, doors closed, windows pulled shut, and curtains closed. Is it any wonder you’re sneezing and sniffling? There’s good news, though, there are certain things you can take care of now during winter to help prevent those spring allergy and mold blues.
How Winter Mold Can Affect You In Spring & How To Prevent It
1. Allergies & Houseplants
We know already that a variety of different houseplants can improve indoor air quality. This means that you can dot your home with them now in order to not only prevent the growth of mold at all but to also improve the overall quality of the air in your home. One of the most effective plants for this purpose is the English Ivy. The great thing about many of the plants you’ll find effective is that they require very little upkeep. Peace Lilies (avoid if you have pets), Snake Plant and Lady Palm are also great choices.
2. Allergies & Air Purifiers
Something that is even more effective in improving the quality of your air is an air purifier. Their job is to help purify the air, removing many of the allergens and toxins that are prevalent in winter months. We spend much more time indoors during winter, so the germ count increases exponentially. So, look for a HEPA filter air purifier. While having one of these in every room of the house is the ideal, this is generally not possible. So, keep them in the rooms that are used most frequently.
3. Mold & Air Filters
Do you know when you last changed the air filters in your HVAC system? Never, you say? Yeah, that’s the problem. This should be done every three months or so, depending on the type of filter you have fitted. You should absolutely make the change before winter, though, and again before spring. This will help reduce the risk of mold and allergies. Dirty filters make it difficult for the system to trap allergens and mold spores, which makes it more likely that the system spreads them instead.
We often see mold appear during the winter months because of the home’s humidity levels. With everything closed tightly to beat the cold, we then turn the heat on creating the perfect environment for mold to appear and take hold. So, a humidifier is a great investment to combat this. Not only will it help prevent mold growth, but it should help prevent dry skin and issues with asthma and other respiratory illnesses.
Mold can cause a lot of symptoms, including fatigue, headaches and allergies. The tips above can help you combat these symptoms as well as keep mold growth at bay. In an ideal world, you will find dry times to open your windows and doors to let fresh air into your home throughout winter. This will introduce new air and force some of the toxins out.