Enjoying fresh spring air becomes a lot tougher when you’re dealing with seasonal allergies. From the constant sneezing, watery eyes, and nasal congestion, it can almost feel like you’ve come down with a cold you just can’t shake. What many people don’t realize is that the allergens that are causing these issues aren’t just outdoors–we bring them inside as well on our clothes, hair, and shoes.
Fortunately, you can take steps to get the upper hand against allergens indoors, starting with your HVAC system, which circulates air (and all that air carries) throughout your home. Use the tips below to start breathing cleaner air indoors this season.
Every few years, it’s a good idea to have your ducts professionally cleaned. A number of nasty contaminants can settle behind your vents in the ductwork. Some of the biggest irritants include mold, pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. When your HVAC system is running, it can blow these impurities back into the air.
Change Your HVAC Air Filter
During pollen season, an air filter can become dirty sooner than you may think. As a precaution, develop a habit of changing your HVAC filter monthly. This simple routine will help keep your home dust-free. It’s a cheap way to ensure the health of your family. Because of the improved indoor air quality, everyone will be able to breathe easier.
Switch to an HVAC Air Filter with a Higher MERV Rating
The typical HVAC air filter will help keep allergy-causing impurities out of your home. However, even a small amount of pollen can cause problems for people with respiratory conditions or terrible allergies. If you suffer from severe allergies, consider upgrading to an HVAC filter with a higher MERV rating. These filters are designed to allow fewer dust particles to pass through.
Get Your HVAC System Cleaned and Serviced
Studies show that a well-maintained HVAC system can help alleviate asthma and allergies. Scheduling regular servicing will go a long way towards keeping your unit performing at its best. Aside from checking the unit for potential mechanical problems, technicians also need to check for signs of mold.
Invest in a Whole-Home Air Filtration System
To further control seasonal allergies, invest in a whole-home air filtration unit. It will work with your HVAC system to further eliminate airborne contaminants. From your bedroom to the kitchen, your home’s entire living space will have far fewer allergens. Keep in mind that there are a few different types of whole-home air filtration systems. While units designed with electronic filters do a great job of capturing smaller particles, others feature a UV filter that essentially destroys bacteria.
At Dial One Sonshine, our HVAC maintenance and indoor air quality experts proudly serve all of Orange County. Call us at (714) 613-1016 to schedule an appointment.