Spring Air Quality

Since Spring has officially begun, we’re overdue for the air quality discussion.
Snow mould was a hazard a couple of weeks ago but sunshine should have cleared it away by now. Moulds and fungi are an outdoors problem when the weather turns damp, and last year’s vegetation rots. Sniffy noses, less energy, or cognitive symptoms (brain fog) on damp days may be a clue.
Birches, willow, pussy willows, and other trees are covered with pollen catkins. Any little breeze spreads it far and wide – as nature intended. Pine and grass pollens follow in about June.
Keep the windows closed even though you want to fling them wide. Also if you are sensitive, hanging laundry outside to dry may save on the hydro bill but increase your misery account as the pollen sticks.
Mould can be a problem indoors when the air is damp but it’s not cold enough for the furnace to turn on. Dehumidifiers, fans to circulate the air, and light in damp areas, are all good strategies. Our air filter with its ultraviolet light and ionizing capacity is on full-time in the basement to first kill mould spores and bacteria and then settle them out of the air. I know of at least one person with chronic fatigue who recovered completely just by using such a filter in her home. Another strategy some people are trying is to put products with tea tree oil in damp areas.
At the change of the seasons, we’re changing clothing as well. Unused items are great breeding grounds for mould, mildew, dust, etc. Sort and toss or give away. I hope no one is using mothballs to keep away the mice – or poison themselves. I made that mistake once many years ago — to my regret.
Phew! We thought eliminating scented products was a big enough task.
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I hope your spring is eminently breathable.