Hay fever is a growing problem in the UK. In 2020, the number of people searching for information about the condition increased by 20% according to Google. Recent figures from the Royal College of General Practitioners showed that between 2013 and 2014, the number of people who visited their GP with severe symptoms increased by more than 100%
With people spending more time at home, taking steps to reduce the concentration of pollen indoors has never been more important. While we all know that better ventilation helps reduce pollen in the house, simply opening the windows is not an option during hot summer days when hay fever is worse as it simply allows more pollen to enter.
Hay fever is generally a problem between March and October. People may be sensitive at different times of the season depending on the types of pollen which are most prevalent – trees, grasses, and other plants flower at different times of the year – but the peak of discomfort for most people takes place during mid-June.
Improved air flow in your home will help to reduce the concentration of pollen that can trigger hay fever, but opening a window simply allows more to enter the building.
Positive Input Ventilation Systems (PIV) gently ventilate a whole home from a single central position. These ensure good air flow around the house and filter the incoming air to prevent pollen particles entering the house which reduces the risk of hay fever.
Better ventilation also helps to prevent condensation in a home. Damp caused by condensation is a breeding ground for dust mites and moulds that can also release allergens into the atmosphere. Around 80% of asthma attacks are caused by the waste products of dust mites and black mould spores cause unpleasant allergic reactions.
For hay fever sufferers, summer months can be a miserable time, with itching eyes and streaming noses making life unpleasant. Contact us to arrange a free survey of your property with one of our ventilation specialists today. They will be able to provide advice about what steps you can take to improve the air quality in your home and reduce the presence of pollen.
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