Life can be hard, but allergies make it harder. The sniffles, itchy eyes and annoying cough stumble their way into your everyday routine as spring comes around. But did you know your HVAC unit can help battle seasonal allergies? Here are some HVAC tips to fight allergy season.
Keep It Clean
Keeping your indoor and outdoor unit clean and rid of dust can prevent allergens from moving through your HVAC system. Check your outdoor unit for debris and dust to help provide clean air to be circulated from the outside in. This will also enable your AC to run more efficiently without unknown particles moving throughout the unit. Also, be sure to dust around the house, specifically the vents of your AC. A commonly missed area, your vents can be full of dust – one of the main reasons for sneezing and shortness of breath. Be sure to dust and vacuum the vents frequently for quick and easy allergy relief.
The most effective way to rid of allergies in your home is to purchase a high-quality filter for your HVAC. AC filters are useful in trapping small particles moving through the air, allowing you and your family to breathe easily. In order for filters to efficiently clear the air, remember to replace them every three months. This will prevent the mold and debris caught in the filter from sitting and infecting your air. If you have animals in your home, replacing your filter every other month may be necessary to keep it functioning properly.
Controlling the amount of humidity in your home can also play a big role in alleviating your seasonal allergies. High moisture in the air is a perfect environment for mold, mildew, bacteria and dust mites to form. On the other hand, not enough humidity can create dry skin and clogged pores. Regulating your humidity levels is possible by upgrading your humidifier, keeping the moisture levels of the air in check for you to live more comfortably.