Late summer plants and flowers are some of the worst allergy offenders, and as ragweed and goldenrod begin to show up, so do seasonal allergies. Great news! Your HVAC system can go a long way to remove allergens in your home, and keep new ones from entering.
Some easy steps on your part can significantly improve your indoor air quality and reduce your allergy symptoms:
Purchase High-Quality Filters
The best way to improve the quality of air in your home is through your air filters. Change your air filters every 3 months, more often if you have pets or issues with mold or moisture.
Dust Your Vents
Always include cleaning and/or vacuuming vents and registers as part of your regular cleaning efforts, as dusty registers and vents negatively affect the quality of air in your home.
Clean Around Your Indoor and Outdoor Unit
HVAC systems pull in outside air to circulate their cooling or heating throughout your home. To make sure that the air that is being pulled in is as clean as possible, keep the area around your indoor equipment and any outdoor units free from debris, dirt and dust.
Keep the Right Level of Humidity in Your Home
When the level of humidity in your home is too high or too low, it can heighten allergies. Keeping your system running efficiently and/or using a humidifier throughout your home, can keep the humidity level healthy to breathe.
Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment
Of course, regular maintenance of your systems is key to air quality and keeping allergens at bay! As part of our routine system maintenance we always change out filters, check the valves, coils and other controls on your system to be sure they are set correctly and functioning properly, and keep an eye out for any other potential issues affecting your systems efficiency.
The next time you hear someone complain about their allergies – please remind them that the indoor air quality in their home might be making things worse and have them give us a call!