common indoor allergies

Desert Climate Isn’t Always an Allergy Solution

Posted on September 18, 2018

Doctors often send patients with respiratory problems to desert areas like Palm Springs and Palm Desert as an allergy solution. It’s not a recent thing. We’re sure you all have friends and neighbors who moved here years ago to get away from the pollen in places like the Midwest and South.

General Air Conditioning & Plumbing knows many people with asthma and allergy problems benefit from the desert climate, but things like dust, dander, and pollen are pretty universal. Not to mention the dry desert air, as well as the desert dirt and sand that can be blown around during storms.. It’s why indoor air quality (IAQ) is just as important here as other locations in the country.

Our vegetation isn’t as prevalent as some other geographic locations, but we still have allergens from plant pollens. Some common desert allergies are from these plants:

  • Bermuda grass
  • Rye
  • Olive trees
  • Mesquite
  • Dicoria (daisy/sunflower family)
  • False ragweed
  • Hymenoclea Salsola (burrowbrush)

Studies show most of us spend the majority of our time inside. The General can help with allergy solutions by improving the indoor air quality in your home. The first step is to find out what the problems are. We have specialists who use the AirAdvice for Homes™ system to test your IAQ. When we find out what’s present, then we can come up with a plan to attack the problem.

The General carries a complete line of air filtration and air cleaning products, and no they are not the same thing. Filters are designed to do one thing, and that is to filter out particles. Air cleaners and purifiers are much more sophisticated. Depending on the system, they may be able to neutralize chemicals, remove odors, and kill bacteria and viruses.

Mold is also a huge problem for people who suffer from allergies. While we don’t usually think of mold in a dry desert climate, homes with evaporative coolers could be at risk. Swamp coolers add humidity as they cool.

Poor indoor air quality is not just an issue of comfort. Research shows long-term exposure can lead to serious health problems. Don’t take the risk. Call the General to talk about IAQ solutions for your home. We would love it if you would follow and like us on Facebook and Twitter so you can take advantage of our special deals and join us at community events throughout the year.

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