When warm temperatures confuse the trees into blooming too early allergens can be a problem before they should be. 50 million people suffer from seasonal allergies in the United States and the symptoms can be irritating to deal with. Symptoms can include sneezing, coughing, red eyes, itchy throats and runny noses. There are steps that can be taken with HVAC maintenance that can drastically reduce allergens in the home and ease some of those bothersome symptoms. The air carries allergens into your house where they will settle and make your home an uncomfortable place to be.
HVAC Maintenance Tips to Lessen Allergies
The right HVAC maintenance will remove allergens that are already present in your home and will prevent new ones from getting inside.
1. Use high quality AC filters. The first line of defense for good air quality in your home is to only use high-quality filters. The filters you use should have at least a MERV 8 rating to trap the most microscopic particles to bring down levels of indoor allergens. The filters need to be checked every month and replaced at least every three months. If filters are dirty, they won’t be able to trap debris and will make your system less effective.
2. Keep units free of debris. There is an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. The outdoor unit pulls air from the outside and into the HVAC system and will then circulate through your home. The outdoor unit needs to be free of dust and debris, otherwise it will get pulled into your home. Just like the outdoor unit, the indoor unit also needs to be free of dust and debris. Sweep and/or vacuum the area to. The more you do, the less allergens you’ll have floating around.
3. Look for mold. Mold will grow well in areas that are moist and humid. Check the condensate drip pan, the ducts, the evaporator coils and the air handler every few weeks to see if mold is developing. Mold spores cause allergies and worse, they can lead to sickness and even death. Small amounts can be removed on your own, but bigger problems should be dealt with by professionals.
4. Dust regularly. Always dust the registers and return vents first and the everything else. The registers and vents are often overlooked when homes are dusted. These are places that dust and debris can start circulating through your home. Dust these first and then use a damp cloth to dust the rest of the room, so dust doesn’t just float through the home again.
5. Call for AC maintenance. HVAC maintenance is great when seasonal allergies start to act up. A spring tune up keeps your system healthy and will reduce the allergies that have made their way inside. Making sure that your system is free of dust and blocks will make you home more comfortable.