Experts are Calling for a Pollen Vortex!!! Allergy Sufferers Beware

How much of your life do you spend indoors? Most people sleep, eat, drink, work, relax, entertain and study indoors which results in about 70% to 90% of our lives spent  in enclosed environments. Indoor air quality (IAQ) can be up to 5 or 6 times more polluted than the outdoors. Most experts state that for this reason more people suffer from the effects of indoor air pollution than the effects of outdoor pollution.

What is a “Pollen Vortex” and how does this effect the indoor air quality in my house? The “Pollen Vortex” is a term that people are using in relation to the effects of this past years “Polar Vortex.” Basically, with all of the snow and ice that we accumulated, the trees have taken on an additional water increase and have not been able to release the pollen. Until now that is, there are record numbers of pollen being released into the air and this high could last for quite some time. Allergy and asthma sufferers will experience a great deal of difficulty both indoors and out. Doctors are saying that this high may not sustain throughout the summer but it could very well be the case. Unfortunately, there is not a bonafide predictor for the Pollen Vortex, only educated guesses and current readings/studies.

Is he going to start off another paragraph with a question you say? Well yes, I actually am! So… how does the “Pollen Vortex” effect the indoor air quality in our homes? If homes were all built like quarantine sites we would have less of a problem with our indoor air however, they are not. An open door or window allows tons of pollen particles into our homes along with improper ventilation systems, exhaust fans, cracks and seals etc. Once they have entered your home they are for the most part locked in and mixed with other harmful pollutions such as combustion gases (carbon monoxide), asbestos, mold spores, radon, and the list goes on. All of these indoor pollutions combine for your indoor air quality meaning that the air in your home can be up to 5 or 6 times more polluted than the outdoors.

Not another question?!?! You’re right! There are many ways to prevent indoor air pollution and here are just a few ideas:

  • Air filtration products remove contaminants from homes
  • Dehumidifiers control the moisture in your home preventing mold, damp patches and spoiled surfaces
  • Humidifiers properly control the humidity for personal comfort, protects furniture and wood floors as well as reduces static electricity that damages electronics
  • Fresh air ventilators remove cooking, pet and chemical odors by expelling them to the outdoors
  • Ultra violet lights kill airborne microbial growth of mold, bacteria and viruses throughout your home, ductwork and cooling coils
  • Carbon monoxide detectors protect your family from the silent killer
  • Replace or clean your air filters in your furnace all year long ~ also saves you energy/money
  • An in home consultation with an experienced HVAC specialist would be beneficial as he knows where to look

When roaming around your home be aware for signs of ventilation problems. Look for moisture condensation on windows or walls, smell the air – does it have an odd odour or stuffy feel, dirty heating and air cooling equipment, and areas where items become moldy. Do cooking odours or other odours linger for a long time?

CTV Kitchener’s video on the Pollen Vortex

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