What About Pollen Allergies?
Every spring, April showers coax new life from the earth, freckling our hills with flowery pops of color. All is well, except for one thing. Among these blossoms lies one of the root causes of seasonal allergy symptoms—pollen. What exactly is pollen and how does it affect us?
What is Pollen?
Pollen is a powdery substance, similar to tiny seeds, emitted from growing plants, grasses, and trees. Bees, wind, and even animals, help spread pollen to other plants, keeping our natural habitats growing and thriving. While the natural process of pollination is good for our planet, it would be more pleasant without the sniffles. It can easily sneak into our airways, stick to our clothing, and hitch a ride on our furry pets, bringing allergy symptoms into our home life.
Pollen Allergy Symptoms
So why does it make us sneeze and itch and everything else? Every time our bodies encounter a foreign allergen they perceive as a threat, they produce histamines to help flush it out. Histamines trigger our bodies, making our noses run, our eyes water, and causing us to scratch our itchy skin. The severity of our reaction depends on pre-existing health conditions, such as asthma and other respiratory illnesses, and the amount/type of pollen with which we come in contact.
Several factors you should pay attention to during pollen season (usually January–April):
- The current weather patterns (windy weather will spread more airborne pollen)
- The pollen’s allergenicity (its capacity to cause allergic reactions)
- How long the pollen season lasts
- Different ways it can be tracked into your home (after hikes, through open windows, on your pets, etc.)
Paying attention to these factors can help you stay aware and ready for what pollen season brings.
How to Keep Your Home Pollen-Free
Even when you’re paying attention to the aforementioned factors, pollen inevitably sneaks inside. One of the easiest and most effective solutions is to run an air purifier. Air purifiers with H13 True HEPA filtration capture at least 99.97% of 0.3-micron airborne particles, including pollen. H13 True HEPA filters use statically charged fibers to attract and trap airborne particles, providing maximum protection against pollen, dust, pet dander, smoke particles, and more.
Air purifiers such as the Core 300S and Core 600S use VortexAir™ Technology in addition to H13 True HEPA filtration. This exclusive technology increases indoor air circulation by drawing in air from all sides, pushing it through the air purifier with curved fan blades, and releasing it through raised vents, creating a vortex of air and increasing the air purifier’s Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR).
While pollen season is often accompanied by hay fever symptoms, it doesn’t have to be that way inside your home. Air purifiers help keep your space clean and healthy, so you can do all the outdoor activities you want and come home to an atmosphere that takes care of itself.