While the arrival of spring is associated with blossoming flowers and trees, as well as warmer weather, it is also the beginning of allergy season. Many airborne particles such as pollen, dust mites, mold, and pet dander float around, making it troublesome for those with allergies to breathe normally and comfortably. These particles can result in individual suffering from itchy throat, itchy eyes, and constant sneezing.
If you suffer from allergies in your home, have you ever considered that something in your house might be the cause? In most cases, maintaining or installing a good HVAC system can resolve your allergy issues.
If you would like to enjoy this spring season without the discomforts related to allergies, try improving your HVAC system with the following steps:
- Replace old filters with high-quality filters. High-quality filters can trap microscopic particles floating through your home’s air. Anything MERV 8 and above is considered great quality. Furthermore, it is imperative to check your filters regularly and replace them every three months or so.
- Check if all HVAC units are clear of debris. Any units that are located outdoors will attract debris near your home. Ensure that all units are clean at all times to avoid irritants from coming within proximity of your home. The same goes for units located indoors, so clear these areas of dust and airborne particles.
- Dust all locations in the home. In addition to eliminating dust in areas near your HVAC units, you should check the register and return vents periodically to avoid dust from building up quickly.
- Check for harmful molds. Since mold thrives on moisture and humidity, keep a close eye on drains, air ducts, air handlers, evaporator coils, and drip pans.
- Get help from a professional HVAC technician. Your HVAC units need to be inspected, cleaned and maintained regularly to ensure allergens are not flowing through your indoor air. An experienced and insured technician can examine all system components to make sure everything is functioning properly and that dust is not clogging the system.