When it comes to seasonal allergies, spring and summer tend to be the worst times of year in the Denver area. Once the snows of winter have melted, the bushes, trees, and flowers put out their buds in great anticipation of the warm weather to come. While these blossoms may look pretty, the pollen they contain wreaks havoc with the sinuses of seasonal allergy sufferers. But did you know that fall and winter come with their own set of seasonal allergies as well?
There are some plants, like ragweed, that don’t release their pollen during the cool nights and warm days associated with fall. Then, in winter when they’re all cooped up inside, those who have neglected furnace service in their Denver homes may discover that their experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms normally associated with warmer seasons.
Keep reading to discover why winter allergies strike in the heart of Denver’s coldest season and how calling Premier Heating and Air for furnace service can help you to avoid these annoying symptoms!
Things You Might Not Know About Fall And Winter Allergies
- Hay Fever Has Nothing To Do With Hay – Rather this is a term that was coined to describe late-season allergies, which would flare up during the harvest season when hay was being made. Also known as allergic rhinitis, “hay fever” is typically a symptom of ragweed allergies. As we mentioned before, ragweed doesn’t begin to pollinate in mid-August and often continues until Denver experiences a hard freeze.
- Lingering Warm Weather Makes Things Worse – While you may be thankful that the unseasonably-warm weather has delayed your need to shovel snow or turn on the furnace, these high temperatures often exacerbate rhinitis.
- Raking Leaves Is More Than Just An Annoying Chore – Did you know that simply raking leaves off the front lawn could trigger an allergic reaction that lingers for days? Raking stirs up pollen and mold that has settled on the dead leaves, setting off a fit of sneezing, watery eyes, and runny noses.
- Decking The Halls With Mold – Decorating the interior and exterior of our homes is a holiday tradition but did you know that breaking out all the garland, ornaments, and string lights could actually be aggravating your winter allergies? Dust, mold, and the little bugs that live among them settle on decorations while they’re stored in basements and attics. When you bring them out and start spreading the cheer, you’re also spreading the allergens.
Without Furnace Service, Your Winter Allergies Could Get Worse
Even if you’re careful to wipe down all your holiday decorations before displaying them, you could still experience winter allergy symptoms. Why? Because you haven’t taken the time to get professional furnace service.
During the winter months, you rely on your furnace to keep the air warm and inviting inside. However, ventilation is severely limited in the wintertime because the windows and doors are rarely opened to let in the fresh air. Combined with a furnace that’s not in good repair, this means allergens could be trapped and circulating inside your home for months!
If you live in the Denver area, contact Premier Heating and Air for furnace service today. We can perform the semi-annual system check, cleaning, and precision tune-up that are needed to keep your furnace clean and working efficiently.