Each season in Utah presents its own set of unique problems that can immensely affect the quality of our indoor air.
Spring and Summer: Some Utah residents love to leave their windows and doors open during the warmer months, which allows allergens such as dust, pollen, pet hair, fungus spores, mold, and air pollution into our homes. Air conditioners are running continually at peak performance and they are circulating this poor air through our HVAC system and ducts, leaving us with stuffy noses and watery eyes. Trees, flowers, and grass release millions of spores which cause us to sneeze, plug up our sinuses, make our eyes water, and generally make us feel terrible. Also, if you have dogs or cats this is the time of year they begin shedding their sinus-irritating fur.
Fall and Winter: Autumn in Utah means grass and weed pollens are present together. Utah’s wet and windy autumn causes the pollen to spread easily, and can also ramp up mold spores. In the Winter months, Utah’s air becomes very dry. As a matter of fact, Utah is in the top ten on a list of cities with the driest air in the United States. Our air has the same humidity level as the air in the Sahara Dessert! As we crank up the heat indoors, we are disturbing resting house dust and removing even more humidity out of our homes, which leads to circulating dry, dusty air through our HVAC system and ducts. When the inversion sets in, our bodies are also assaulted by the pollution in the air. With winter being so cold, many pets spend more time indoors and their hair and skin dander begin circulating through the air. These two added components can be detrimental to the quality of your indoor air