Many people welcome cooler temperatures that autumn brings after a hot summer. However, cool days do not always mean greater health or comfort. Fall allergies are very common and cause miserable symptoms like itchy eyes, stuffy or drippy nose, and coughing, sneezing, and deep fatigue. Here is information about some common fall allergens.

Ragweed

The pollen from this common and widespread weed is responsible for much pain and misery for many fall allergy sufferers. Ragweed releases its pollen in the fall on mild warm days when nights are starting to get cool. Because the pollen is so light, it travels very easily through the air and makes its way into your home through gaps, cracks, open windows, poorly filtered ventilation systems and on your clothing, shoes and hair.

Dust Mites

Dust mites prefer warmth but they can be a problem nearly anytime of the year. They can become airborne through any dust-stirring fall activity such as turning on your forced air heating system. Dust mites cause allergic responses due to a protein produced by their waste. You will not see the mites, for they are too small, but if you experience allergies to dust, mites are a likely culprit.

Mold

Mold loves dampness, organic materials and does very well in mild temperatures. This makes fall a prime time for mold spores, as mold grows readily in plant debris and beneath decaying fallen foliage.

Mold spores are already common in many homes, especially when humidity is uncontrolled, but in the fall an abundance of these allergens can enter your home in the same manner pollen does. Like other allergens, mold triggers a strong immune system response that leads to respiratory symptoms.

If someone in your Ohio home suffers from fall allergies, Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing can help. We offer indoor air quality solutions to remove allergens from your home’s air. For more information, please contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing today.