Getting tired of the cold weather? Don’t worry; in Virginia and a large portion of the rest of the country, spring weather is only a few weeks away, which is great for baseball fans, gardeners and those with cabin fever or SAD. However, one group of people who are not looking forward to spring time is those with allergies. It’s estimated that 35 million people in the United States have some form of seasonal allergies in spring, and this could greatly affect their everyday lives. Some of the more common allergy symptoms include sneezing, coughing, congestion, teary eyes and a sore throat.
Now while there isn’t a cure for seasonal allergies, allergists recommend that you stay away from the thing that’s triggering the allergies. For spring, this is most likely pollen. As the flowers bloom and trees see new life, they emit tiny grains to fertilize other plants. Unfortunately, these grains can cause your body to go into battle mode, which causes the symptoms. So with that in mind, you should probably stay in the house. That is, of course, unless you have crawl space problems.
Allergens in your home
The problem here is two-fold. First, allergens can seep into the house through cracks in the basement. Second, let’s go back to when you were a child. Do you remember in grade school when you learned that heat travels up and cold air falls? That’s why your basement is usually so cold. Unfortunately, as the hot air cools, humidity rises. This leads to that damp feeling you often feel in your basement. Because there is more moisture in the air of your crawl space, mold and mildew are more likely to form since they need water to survive. Take a guess what else many people are allergic to. Mold!
What You Can Do
So what should you do, so you don’t spend all of your time huddled under your hypoallergenic bed sheets? Unfortunately, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Williamsburg and the rest of Virginia are filled with homes that have been constructed more than fifty years ago, so their insulation isn’t up-to-date. While getting a dehumidifier and staying on top of moisture and mold is a good first start, you may eventually want to consider foam insulation in Lynchburg, Virginia or wherever you live in Old Dominion. Foam insulation secures cracks, protects against mold and moisture and forms an air seal, so the quality of your air improves in your home. As an added bonus, your heating and cooling costs should go down, making the investment worth it.
Spring is coming. If you’re an allergy sufferer like so many – Good Luck – but do know there are ways to make breathing easier.
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