Can Whole House Fans Help With Spring Allergies?

Spring begins on March 20th, and for many people, it’s the start of their spring allergies. More than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies, and over eight percent experience hayfever, such as an allergic reaction to pollen, according to John Hopkins Medicine and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American.

Rather than going outdoors and enjoying the world outside after a long winter, you’re stuck inside, miserable and afraid to venture beyond the borders of your own property where countless allergens await. Even worse is the fact that friends and family come into your home and bring the allergens with them on the soles of the shoes, grinding them into your carpets where they linger. And linger.

There is help for your spring allergy pain, though, in the form of a whole house fan. These are just a few great ways your whole house fan can help you find relief from the allergy pain that spring seems to bring each year.

Brings an Abundance of Fresh Air Into Your Home
This is especially the case if you invest in Pollentec (or similar) window screens that block 99.9 percent of air pollutants from coming in through your windows. It means you are drawing fresh air into your home while expelling the pollen and allergen riddled air, such as grass pollen and ragweed, that has been prevalent out of your home.

Controls Pollutants Inside Your Home
One of the problems with allergies is that they exacerbate or build on other symptoms to become something worse than seasonal misery. For instance, it doesn’t take much upper respiratory distress to transform an uncomfortable allergic episode into a massive sinus infection that takes weeks, if not months, to overcome.

Eliminating these pollutants reduces your exposure and helps strengthen your immune response so you are able to reduce the risks of worsening your spring allergies.

Whole house fans can be instrumental tools for helping to eliminate the amount of pollen, dust, and other allergens in the air inside your home. They also help to remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can trigger intense allergy symptoms and asthma episodes, requiring increased usage of rescue medications and an increase in emergency department visits upon exposure.

Helps to Reduce Moisture in Your Home
Moisture, and the resulting mold and mildew can be huge allergy triggers, especially if you’re dealing with a lot of spring showers. They may be great for flowers, not so much for keeping homes dry inside and out. Whole house fans also draw moisture out along with the other nasty things lurking inside your home reducing allergy risks all the while.

By helping to remove various VOCs from the air inside your home, whole house fans offer spring allergy sufferers an opportunity to enjoy the air inside your home much better and to find relief from the endless hours of misery that usually correspond with the changing of seasons.