As a Floridian, you likely spend lots of time outdoors—and why wouldn’t you? They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing! But did you know that according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, over 17 million adults have been affected by severe outdoor allergies? That’s a considerable amount of sneezing and itching. Unfortunately, retreating inside doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from outdoor allergens. Unless you take the necessary steps to improve the quality of the air inside of your home, outdoor allergens can multiply inside of your humble abode and wreak havoc on your body. If you suffer from outdoor allergies, here are the five most common allergens found in Florida to be aware of.
Mold is a common allergen that has ideal factors for growth in Florida. Summer heat and humidity can promote the growth of various types of mold from trees and other external sources.
Nobody can underestimate the hassle of sneezing and itchy eyes associated with ragweed. As the name implies, this plant can spread over a large area and invoke noxious symptoms from hay fever and rhinitis. What makes this weed so particularly frustrating? It grows in urban and rural areas of the state.
Florida may have a longer season of tropical weather but that doesn’t necessarily safeguard against the effects of pollen. Southern states have a long flowering season and contain higher concentrations of pollen in plants. This pollen can become concentrated in your home over time.
4. Insect Bites
Florida is home to tropical weather and provides a relatively stable climate. However, this can be an open invitation to tropical insects that can carry a wide range of allergens. They carry pollen from trees and fruit during peak flowering season. Insects such as mosquitos can carry yellow fever and fire ants can start an itch that’s hard to relieve.
5. Fruit Trees
Fruit is a staple for many Floridians. Access to fresh oranges and an array of tropical delicacies make the Sunshine State an excellent place for fruit lovers to fulfill their palate. However, many fruit trees contain pollen that can trigger allergies in heavy concentrations in your home.
Reduce Allergens with Engineered Air
Fighting allergens in your home starts with a high-quality HVAC system. That’s why at Engineered Air, we offer a variety of products and services designed to remove allergens from your home while improving your comfort in the process. If you are prone to allergies or wish to reduce the number of allergens in your home, contact us today to learn about our indoor air quality solutions or schedule an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.