In the winter, the temperatures often plummet to levels that you would suspect would bring an end to all summer pollens and thus seasonal allergies. However, millions of people actually suffer from what we call winter allergies and these are due to the allergens found in the home and the fact that more time is spent in the home during this time.
The forced-air furnaces in homes often contain lint, bacteria, dust mite debris, food materials and animal dander. Some of the most common indoor allergens are house dust mites, pet dander and cockroach excrement. These allergens are worse in the winter usually because there is less ventilation. With less ventilation in the home, the furnace blower continually recirculates tainted air.
Symptoms of Indoor Allergies
How to Minimize Indoor Allergen Exposure
In order to minimize your exposure to indoor allergens during the indoor allergen season, you must take the approach of prevention. Here are some ways to keep you home as allergen proof as you can during the winter months: