Christmas trees are the symbol of Christmas. They are topped with a star, covered in pretty lights and ornaments, and filling your home with the woodsy scent of pine. Between 25 and 30 million live Christmas trees are purchased every holiday season. Christmas trees will always be a widely used and beautiful Christmas décor item, but they can have an impact on the air quality in your home. At Green Home Solutions, serving all of Central Kentucky, including Lexington, Versailles, Georgetown, and Nicholasville, we want to show you how a live Christmas tree can affect your home’s air quality and help keep your holiday season worry-free when it comes to your tree.
Mold and Your Christmas Trees
Most Christmas trees are pre-cut weeks in advance and then delivered to Christmas tree retailers in refrigerated trucks. This transportation process involves bundling the tree so it is as small as possible for transport and then exposing it to the cool moisture inside a refrigerated area. Unfortunately, this makes an ideal environment for mold to begin growing. When Christmas trees are later opened up in your home the mold begins to reproduce and multiply rapidly, and within a few weeks mold spores can be out of control. In addition to producing a large amount of mold in a relatively short time frame, live Christmas trees can also be home to a large variety of mold types. Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium are all common molds found in trees that are very likely to trigger allergies. The longer you keep a live Christmas tree in your home, more mold spores will be produced.
Pollen and Your Christmas Tree
Fortunately, live Christmas trees are not an issue for pine pollen. Unfortunately, live Christmas trees are frequently exposed to grasses and ragweed, which cause allergy issues for a large number of people. When live Christmas trees are unpacked in your home their sap, which holds pollen spores, dries out. The dried sap is what releases these other pollens into the air in your home.
Air Quality Control
While live Christmas trees do pose an issue for the air quality in your home, there are a number of ways that you can prevent air quality issues during the holidays. This may not be an option for some individuals, but buying a tree that is freshly cut or that you cut yourself, helps decrease the potential for mold growth. Before you bring a live tree into your home, thoroughly clean the trunk of with water and bleach. Remove as many pollen grains and mold spores as possible by leaf blowing your tree outside before it comes into your home. Lastly, if you are still concerned about air control issues consider calling the experts at Green Home Solutions for air testing or to set up an appointment to help improve the air quality of your home during the holiday months. At Green Home Solutions, we can help you achieve the best air quality in your home while providing you with outstanding customer service and reliable personal attention. Contact our team of experienced professionals today.