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12 Dec 2019

Protect yourself from pollen with Pollenguard

New Zealand’s currently in the sneeziest, sniffliest time of the year. And we’re not talking about winter. In summer, pollen counts go through the roof, so every open door and window in your house is potentially letting irritants in.

‎If someone living in your home has a pollen allergy, their body reacts to pollen as if it were a super-dangerous invader. They get symptoms like a tickly throat, red and watery eyes, a runny nose, sneezing and coughing.

Pollen allergies, also called hay fever, are often mistaken for a ‘summer cold’, but they aren’t caused by a virus. They are simply an immune over-reaction to a natural substance that plants release into the air. Straightforward hay fever isn’t a serious health issue, but it can really mess with quality of life over summer.

Pollen is also linked to asthma, a potentially life-threatening condition. If pollen is a trigger for you or a family member with asthma, it can bring on typical asthma symptoms, like wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and breathing difficulty.

CAN YOU KEEP POLLEN OUT OF YOUR HOME?

You can’t see a grain of pollen, unless you use a powerful microscope. When you see pollen on the end of a flower stamen, you’re actually seeing masses of pollen particles clumped together, not just one. They are truly tiny (see picture above).

Several years ago, a research study was conducted to find out how much pollen could be found in indoor air – and it found that substantial amounts of pollen is polluting the air indoors. And, like many unwelcome house guests, once pollen particles make it inside, they don’t want to leave. It means that allergy symptoms can be worse inside your home than outdoors. And when the hay fever season is over outside, it can continue to rage inside your house, because pollen is notoriously hard to remove.

HOW TO KEEP POLLEN OUT OF YOUR HOUSE

If you have asthmatics and hay fever sufferers in the family, investing in a Xgen by Unovent® ventilation system with Pollenguard® could make a difference to daily life.

Pollenguard uses an ultra-thin PollenGuard® Helix™ pollen air filter to remove harmful particles from outside air before it enters your home. It sits neatly inside each unit so that every room with a Xgen outlet is protected, and it can be easily changed or added at any time from inside the room (no costly maintenance or installation required!).

Xgen with Pollenguard also works for areas of New Zealand that have an air pollution problem. If you live half way down Dominion Road (as expressed in the lyrics of the Mutton Birds song) or somewhere else in central Auckland, Pollenguard screens out the particulate matter that can play havoc with respiratory health.

TAKE A LOOK AT THE POLLEN CALENDAR AND SEE WHAT’S COMING

The pollen count varies from day to day, in response to plant activity and weather conditions. Warm, windy days are the worst; rainy days are the best (the rain washes the air clear of pollen). Due to the biology of the plants, pollen release usually occurs in the morning and levels peak at about noon. See Allergy New Zealand’s pollen calendar.

TALK TO AN EXPERT ABOUT GETTING XGEN BY UNOVENT WITH OPTIONAL POLLENGUARD INSTALLED AT YOUR HOME

It costs nothing to have your home assessed for an Xgen PPV system with the optional PollenGuard filter. If you have a roof cavity or attic, your home could be ideal. For a no-obligation assessment and quotation, call 0800 UNOVENT (0800 866 836) or email sales@unovent.co.nz

Carowyn talks about her experience with the unit and the great results she has seen after installing Unovent.