As soon as mother nature begins to hint that warmer weather is on the way, most of us are more than ready to start enjoying the outdoors. Unfortunately, this is when spring allergies strike! For sufferers, the problem can be just as bad indoors as pollen and other allergens make their way into our homes. With a few simple steps, however, you can reduce the impact of spring allergies. HVAC maintenance plays a part in keeping your home a safe, comfortable space.
Allergens and pollen
Allergens are annoying at best, debilitating at worst. They can affect your quality of life by inhibiting your ability to participate in activities and even to get a good night’s sleep. Microscopic airborne particles, such as pet dander, dust mites, mold and pollen can infiltrate your home and leave you with irritated eyes, a scratchy throat and runny nose, as well as cause coughing and sneezing.
5 things you can do to reduce allergens in your home.
1. Keep your doors and windows closed during the spring months.
Minimize the access airborne particles have to get into your home. Take off shoes at the door to keep from tracking allergens indoors. If you’ve been out in the yard, wash off, including your hair, and change clothes.
2. Install an air purifier or cleaner.
These devices can remove a significant amount of pollutants and irritants from the air inside your home.
3. Replace the air filters in your home often and use high-quality filters.
Clean air filters serve several important purposes, including keeping your indoor air clean. Replacing the filter in your HVAC system every 30-60 days is an easy, economical way to keep your system functioning properly. Clogged, dirty air filters, on the other hand, allow more dirt and debris to circulate throughout your home.
4. Vacuum and dust twice a week.
Regular cleaning prevents dust and dirt from building up. Start with the registers and return vents before moving on to other areas. Dust collects in these as air circulates through the ductwork. As the air moves, it takes that dust with it. Use a damp or treated rag to prevent dust mites and dust particles from being kicked up into the air.
5. Schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment.
Not only does regular preventative maintenance keep your system healthy, service by an HVAC professional will help reduce indoor allergens and ensure your system is dust and blockage free.