Florida residents are prone to their fair share of springtime allergies. You don’t have to suffer through the season, though. Read on to learn about a few of the most common allergies in Merritt Island, Florida, and how you can avoid them.

Pollen

The Florida spring months bring new floral blooms and plenty of pollen. Pollen is one of the most common allergens in Florida, affecting people year-round. Florida residents may experience oak and pine pollen from December through May and again in October and November.

Pollen symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and hives. With pollen all over, it can be difficult to avoid, especially when you’re outdoors. However, you can prevent these pesky allergens from taking over your home by regularly changing your air filter. Your air filter is the first line of defense against allergens and other debris that make it into your home. Therefore, you should change yours every month.

Grass

Pollen from grass is common from April through October, when Florida residents spend the most time grooming their lawns. The symptoms of grass pollen allergies can mimic cold and flu symptoms.

It may be difficult to completely avoid grass pollens, especially if you’re responsible for maintaining your lawn. However, keeping a house free of grass remnants and regularly having your HVAC unit cleaned during this time can ensure you have a safe place to retreat to from outside.

Ragweed

Because ragweed thrives in humid habitats, it can be a problem year-round in Florida. A single ragweed plant produces over one billion grains of ragweed. Ragweed can also travel hundreds of miles with wind gusts, making it difficult to control.

Ragweed allergy symptoms can include runny nose, watery eyes and sinus pressure. It can enter your HVAC system and circulate throughout the household. As a result, it can wreak havoc on your sinuses until you remove it.

Florida residents can suffer from pollen, grass and ragweed allergens. The consistently warm weather means homeowners often deal with allergies year-round. Call Merritt Island Air & Heat today at 321-207-9170 to discuss how you can use your HVAC system to combat Florida’s most common allergens.

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