Cut Down on Allergies in the Home
If you or a member of your family is one of the 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies each year, you already know how allergies can affect your life. One of the most common types of allergies is hay fever, which causes sneezing, runny eyes and nose and an itching or irritated throat. It can also aggravate asthma and cause difficulty breathing. Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, can be either seasonal, occurring in the spring, summer or fall, or perennial, occurring all year. The most common culprits responsible for rhinitis is pollen from trees and plants or mold spores, but those are not the only triggers for allergic rhinitis. Dust, pet hair or pet dander, and any other airborne irritant can also cause symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Improving your indoor air quality and providing your family with clean air in the home is important for everyone, but is vital for those with rhinitis or other allergies. Follow these tips for improving your indoor air quality.
Change Your Filters
The air filters on your AC work hard to filter out airborne particles and keep the air in your home clean, but they need some help from you. Clean or change the filters regularly so that they can do their job of filtering out dust and debris. A dirty filter will make it harder for your AC to work properly and may allow dirty air to circulate through your home. Follow the recommendations for your specific HVAC unit for changing the filter, typically every two months when you are operating the system.
Clean Your Vents
Dirt and dust can buildup in air vents and circulate through the air every time your AC kicks on. Check and clean the vents regularly to remove dust and debris. Vacuum the vents and use an old toothbrush or pipe cleaner to get into small crevices.
Service the AC Unit
Having a professional clean and service your AC unit can go a long way towards improving your indoor air quality. They have the expertise to check the ductwork for signs of mold or mildew and can take care of the problem for you.
Install an Air Filtration System
Those with severe allergies often benefit from an air filtration system that removes allergens from the air. These systems typically remove dust, pollen and other offending particles from the air. They are available in either room or whole house models.
Action Heating and Air, Inc. can help you decide the best methods of improving the air quality in your home. Contact us today to discuss your options or to make an appointment to have your system serviced and cleaned. Don't forget to check out our blog for more tips on keeping your HVAC system running smoothly and making your life more comfortable.