Florida’s mild winters bring comfortable temperatures, but this warm humid weather can breed a host of other hazards. Though you’re not worrying about icy roads or snow accumulation, asthma and allergies can be a concern around your Spring Hill, Florida home. Here are some major culprits to look out for.

Dust

Dust allergies are often exacerbated in the winter months. With temperatures dipping, you may end up spending more time indoors. Pulling holiday decorations out of storage can stir up accumulated dust from a year of disuse. If the winter is cold enough for you to turn on the heat, this will unleash a new onslaught of dust as well, when your heating system kicks on for the first time this season.

Minimize dust in the air by changing your HVAC filter regularly. A clean filter will help capture dust to keep air clean and breathable.

Ragweed

Ragweed is a severe allergen that pollinates throughout the year in Florida. This plant prefers aquatic or wetland habitats, making it the ideal fit for Florida’s swampy climate. Ragweed can cause hay fever or asthma symptoms. If you have a ragweed allergy, you may also notice tingling or burning in your mouth when eating bananas, honeydew melon, or watermelon. Using a HEPA filter on your vacuum may help you filter out some of the ragweed pollen in the air.

Mold

Mold is a year round problem in Florida. A lot of cooking can create an abundance of steam that kicks off a new battle with this growth. Mold is also common in bathrooms and other damp areas. Clean up any suspicious mold or mildew growth as quickly as possible. Install a UV light in your HVAC system to kill mold spores before they have a chance to circulate throughout your house.

Keeping your HVAC system clean and well maintained will make it easier to battle winter allergies. If you’re overdue for a tuneup, contact Senica Air Conditioning, Inc. at (886) 881-5935.

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