The spring season is allergy season for many people. With all of the pollen in the air, people who suffer from allergies are more prone to experiencing seasonal discomfort. Proper HVAC maintenance along with some minor adjustments around the home can help to remove allergens around the home. Although there isn’t much that can be done about the outdoor environment, there are some things that can be done to improve the indoor environment to alleviate allergy symptoms.
Upgrade and Replace Furnace and Air Filters
One of the first lines of defense against allergens is air filters. You should replace your filters with high quality, air filters that have a Merv 8 rating or higher. Dirty air filters won’t remove much if any allergens and excess dust and contaminants from the air in your home. Filters with a Merv 8 or higher rating can trap more allergens and offensive particles and improve your furnace’s efficiency.
Inspect and Clean Around HVAC Components
Inspect the areas around your outdoor and HVAC units. Make sure there aren’t any dirt, leaves, debris or other things blocking the air around your devices. They need to be able to draw in fresh air. The air that they use ends up circulating around your home. Maybe you’ve noticed that some days that your allergies seem to be more aggravating than usual before you’ve even stepped outside of your home. This is partially due to the air that the outdoor portion of your AC unit is circulating. Make sure you sweep, vacuum and dust around your indoor HVAC components frequently to minimize the amount of debris that surrounds them.
Get Rid of Moisture
If you’ve struggled with moisture in your home off and on throughout the years, you should check your home for the presence of mold and mildew. These toxins thrive in moist environments. You should inspect your ducts, coils and other parts of your furnace and air conditioning system where moisture may exist for signs of mold and mildew every few weeks. You should keep in mind mildew and mold can cause health issues other than allergies. Constant exposure can lead to illness and even death. You should never overlook the importance of regular mold and mildew checks. They can help to save your life. If moisture is an issue in your home, you may want to consider using a dehumidifier.
Dust your home every week. Even with new filters in place, dust can still linger in the air and settle on your items. Dusting frequently helps to eliminate excess dust which can trigger allergy episodes. Don’t forget to pay extra attention to your vents and air registers. If your dust and air registers are dirty and dust, then those particles will circulate throughout the rest of your home.
Upgrade to HEPA Vacuum Filters
Use HEPA filters in your vacuum cleaner. This will enable it to remove dirt, dust and allergens from your carpets. Also, since you have allergies, you’ll need to vacuum more often than the average person. Twice a week is sufficient enough for you to improve the air quality in your home so you have fewer allergy symptoms.
Schedule an HVAC Checkup
Schedule an HVAC system checkup. Normally, you should have your HVAC system inspected at the start of every other season to ensure proper function. But since you suffer from allergies you should have your HVAC system inspected and cleaned every season to be safe. Your local HVAC tech can help keep your system free from dust, allergens and blockage free.
If you need to find a qualified HVAC technician to improve your HVAC system’s function to help alleviate your allergies, look no further than M & A HVAC Services.