Spring brings warm weather and sunshine, but it also brings allergies! If you’re prone to spring allergies, you know how sick pollen can make you feel when you’re spending time outside. But did you know that outdoor allergens can make you sick inside, too?
If you have hay fever that doesn’t improve or even gets worse when you’re at home, pollen is likely getting into your house from the outside. Keep reading to learn why this happens and how you can stop it to improve your indoor air quality and relieve seasonal allergies indoors with help from The Insulation Man.
What Causes Indoor Allergies?
Some of the most common allergy triggers, like tree pollen, don’t originate inside your home. Instead, they’re carried in through gaps and cracks in your home’s construction, called air leaks. These openings can be found in your attic, around basement rim joists, around doors and windows, and in many other locations throughout your home. Because of temperature and pressure differences between your home and the air outside, outdoor air—and outdoor allergens—are constantly being pulled into your home through these leaks.
Once inside, allergy triggers are sucked into your HVAC system and circulated through your living spaces over and over again where your family breathes them in, leading to symptoms like:
Air Sealing Keeps Pollen Out of Your Home
To keep contaminants like pollen out of your home, you need to seal up the air leaks that are letting them in. This can be done with air sealing. Air sealing is the process of finding and closing up gaps and openings in your home’s construction, typically using an expanding spray foam material. Once your home is properly sealed, ventilation can be installed to bring in fresh, filtered air while keeping polluted air and allergens out.
Air Sealing Your Home Has Many Benefits
Improving your indoor air quality and reducing allergy symptoms indoors isn’t the only reason to air seal your attic and home. Air sealing has many other benefits, including:
Less energy waste
Lower heating and cooling costs
More comfortable indoor temperatures
A smaller carbon footprint
The Insulation Man can help you take advantage of all the benefits of air sealing for a healthy, comfortable, energy efficient home. We’ve been serving homeowners in Binghamton, New York and throughout the surrounding communities since 1989 and are one of the most experienced air sealing and insulation companies in the area.