Spring bestows upon us blossoming flowers, blooming trees, wonderful views, and of course… pollen. Pollination proves crucial for nature, but some people can’t tolerate the yellow stuff. Allergy sufferers experience symptoms including itchy eyes, sneezing, stuffy or runny nose.
For those that suffer from spring allergies, heading indoors provides some relief. But what if you continue to suffer from symptoms after taking a medicinal cocktail of antihistamines, nasal sprays, and inhalers?
One potential answer: allergens in your HVAC system negatively impacting indoor air quality. Besides pollen, HVAC systems circulate air, irritants travel throughout the home if not removed through cleaning.
Don’t wallow in your allergen induced misery. Check out this handy list and take action in fighting back against allergies!
Replace AC or furnace filters
Replace or install HVAC filters in a ducted system. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance) filters remove allergens in addition to dust and debris normal filters capture. Look for a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values (MERV) rating of 8 or higher. These ratings filter out particulates measuring 3-10 microns. Verify your AC filter compatibility before purchasing and installing a new filter.
Clean your HVAC system
While you’re doing some spring cleaning, why not clean your HVAC system too? The easiest step in cleaning your HVAC system starts with dusting vents and registers. If you’re feeling confident, you can clean your condenser or heat pump. Be sure to disconnect the power before cleaning. Don’t forget about the ductwork too! Hire a cleaning service if you don’t feel confident cleaning it yourself.
Maintain your HVAC system
Have your AC unit regularly checked. Spring offers an ideal opportunity for maintenance since a tuned system will help with seasonal allergies. Regular maintenance keeps efficiency high and operating costs low, in addition to helping with allergies.
Other helpful tips to lower the effects of allergens:
Remove Airborne Particles
Eliminate and Prevent Pests
Consider these steps to keep fresh air circulating through your HVAC system. Whether or not you have allergies, you can breathe easier in spring when you follow these simple steps to keep airborne irritants to a minimum at home or in the office.