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Beat Those Spring Allergies

 

Spring is in the air, and a lot of people think the season brings allergies along with better weather. But pollen isn’t the only allergen out there. Pet dander, smoke, smog, and dust mites are all culprits, and one way to combat them is by improving the quality of your indoor air.  

 

HVAC issues that affect allergies 

If we have allergies, we do our best to seal out the contaminants from outdoors. However, that means the air we breathe inside needs to be kept clean and fresh as it circulates and re-circulates through the house. To do this, there are several things to consider: 

 

Air filters 

Changing the air filters regularly every two to three months can go a long way toward not only protecting your HVAC, but also improving your indoor air quality. Dirty filters allow dust and grime to build up on your AC equipment. This can lower system efficiency and allow dirt and contaminants to be recirculated throughout the house. If you have allergies, you want especially efficient filters, such as HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters with a high MERV (minimum efficiency reporting value) rating. 

 

Lack of humidity 

As temperatures rise, so does the air conditioning level. And when the air is too dry, it causes additional irritation and inflammation to the already troubled sinuses of allergy sufferers. Adding a humidifier to your cooling system, or even adding room humidifiers puts moisture in the air by releasing steam or water mist. Proper moisture levels keep sinus and nasal passages healthy, and allow them to function better.  

 

Too much humidity 

When the air has too much moisture, there’s increased opportunity for the growth of mold and mildew. Airborne spores can be especially troublesome for those who suffer from allergies, and having a dehumidification plan one way to alleviate suffering.  

 

Dirty ducts 

In some cases, the delivery channel may be the problem. Duct cleaning is not a normal part of preventative HVAC maintenance, but regular inspections are recommended to uncover problems with dusty or moldy ducts. If a system isn’t maintained regularly, condenser lines and drain pans can become clogged, leaking moisture and providing a breeding ground for mold and mildew. All that grime and bacteria can eventually build up on blower fans and inside duct walls to cause problems with indoor air quality.  

  

Keeping your HVAC system clean and maintained goes a lot way toward improving your indoor air quality and keeping allergies at bay. Talk to our trusted techs to discuss the best solutions for keeping healthy air circulating in your home.  

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