How to Combat Fall Allergies in New Mexico


It is the season for swollen eyes, runny noses and sneezing. If New Mexico’s second round of allergy season snuck up on you, you are not alone. Many New Mexican’s struggle with seasonal allergies.

What causes fall allergies?

There are a number of notorious pollen allergens in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, namely juniper, chamisa, ragweed, mulberry and cedar. Rest assured you are not the only one cradling a box of tissues. The ragweed pollen index will range from moderate to extremely high in Albuquerque this fall.

Hopefully, you enjoyed a little reprieve during monsoon season, but now another likely antagonist is back – chamisa. This plant, also called rubber rabbit brush or formally ericameria nauseosa, is a familiar green shrub with small yellow flowers. It is native to arid regions of the country and popularly used in landscaping in our area because of its high drought tolerance.

Did you know indoor air quality can contribute to your allergies?

It is easy to think that simply closing our doors effectively locks out the dry pollen and dust-filled air. Unfortunately, reality is that, according to the EPA, your indoor air quality could be between 2 and 5 times more polluted than the outdoors. Indoor contaminants include things like mold, pollen growth, chemicals, pet dander, dust, cleaning solvents and viruses. All of these indoor pollutants can contribute to asthma symptoms, headaches, sneezing, and congestion.

Improving your indoor air quality to reduce allergy symptoms

If you’re barely surviving the one-two allergy punch you are getting both indoors and out, TLC has a good solution for you. An Indoor Air Quality system (IAQ) is a highly effective air cleaner that removes pollutants such as particles and allergens, germs and infectious agents and chemical gases and odors. Unfortunately, it works with refrigerated air systems only. The IAQ system uses polarized filters and UV lamps to safely remove these contaminants and is a great way to reduce indoor allergens. Learn more about what an IAQ system can do for you.

By installing an IAQ system, you will experience and enjoy purer indoor air. Not only that but you can prolong the life of your air conditioning equipment. Let us help you find your way to relief from allergy symptoms! Call for your free estimate or Ask a Pro any additional questions you may have.