Most of us suffer from pollen allergies. That’s just part of living in the south, with all of our pollenating trees. All of that pollen has left all of us with allergies begging for relief. While creating your landscaping plan, you can reduce your exposure to pollen at your home by reducing the number of trees that are the worst pollen offenders. Tree pollens are dry and lightweight, so they can travel great distances in the wind. Some of the worst tree allergens include:
- box elder
- date palm
- Phoenix palm
- red maple
- silver maple
While that will help with the outside of your home, on the inside you can do many things to improve your indoor air quality.
You can plant indoor plants that assist with humidity and and purify the air. Some recommendations from Zyrtec.com are:
1. The Areca Palm
The most efficient air humidifier. You can count on the Areca Palm to keep your home moist when it’s dry, like in winter.
2. The Lady Palm
This versatile air-purifying plant thrives in dry or humid climates, and resists most types of plant-eating insects.
3. The Bamboo Palm
A little higher-maintenance than the first two on this list, the Bamboo Palm thrives when kept moist (but not wet) in indirect sunlight, and is a great air purifier.
4. The Dracaena
Nicknamed the “Janet Craig” after a prominent nurseryman’s daughter, the Dracaena is beautiful and versatile, with shiny deep-green leaves. It is renowned for trapping allergens in its leaves.
5. Other Options: Colorful Houseplants
There are some bright, colorful plants that produce pollens that are heavier and stickier. Plus, they are less likely to cause allergic reactions. Consider the Peace Lily, Marginata or English Ivy.
You will also want to dust more frequently, get your air ducts cleaned. We offer full service duct cleaning options as well as other air system additions to improve your indoor air quality. Give us a call to schedule your indoor air quality survey today!