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Your HVAC System And Your Allergies

Written on: May 23, 2016

HVAC allergy reliefSpring is a wonderful time of year. It’s the time when the cold weather is fading behind you and the grass, flowers, and tress begin to grow. Sadly, there are some disadvantages to this season for some people. This is also the time of year when allergies start affecting lots of people.
Airborne particles like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and mold, make their way through homes making it very hard for allergic people to breathe. It causes red, itchy eyes, itchy throats, and physically draining sneezing fits. If you wish you could enjoy yourself during the Spring without dealing with the torture of allergies, there are some things to be done that will keep those allergens from coming into your home. It all begins with a good HVAC system.

Use Only High-Quality Air Filters

One of your first defenses against allergens entering your home is making sure you have Top-Quality furnace filters. The best ones are at least ‘MERV 8’. This type of air filter is able to trap microscopic particles. Other filters with a lower MERV score won’t be able to filter out all the particles and that will result in allergy troubles for the family. It’s always a good idea to check your filters regularly. Once a month you should check them and about every third month replace them. Dirty filters can no longer trap particles. They will not only cause your allergies to act up but will make you entire system a whole lot less efficient.

Clean Off Any Debris Around Your Units

The outdoor unit is going to pull anything close to it into your home. To avoid this clean the area on a regular basis. It’s the same with your indoor unit. Sweep, dust, and vacuum around that area to keep out the dust and airborne particles.

Check Specific Areas For Mold

Whenever mold is in your home you have a potentially dangerous situation. Mold can do much more than just cause your allergies to act up, it can make you really sick. Mold thrives on moisture and humidity. You have several areas within your AC unit that hold both of these elements. In order to prevent mold problems you should always keep a check on your condensate drip pan/drain, air handler, evaporator coils, and air ducts. If you spot any mold you can easily remove it yourself. If there is a large amount of mold in any one of these areas it might be better to call in a professional.

Dust Your Home In Proper Order

Most homeowners dust their homes regularly but don’t dust their AC units properly. The register as well as the return vents are two places that need attention regularly. Because these areas gather dust quickly and can kick up lots of it during cleaning, they should be dusted first before dusting the rest of your house and then again immediately after.

Have Regular HVAC Maintenance

It’s very important that you keep your HVAC System cleaned and maintained regularly. It’s the only way to keep allergens from spreading all throughout your house. Have an HVAC professional come in and ensure that your system functions properly and dust is not blocking or clogging it up. Spring is the best season to have this done.
Allergy prevention is a real challenge. Properly maintaining your HVAC System is one of the best weapons you have in the fight to prevent your allergies from ruining your Spring.
Your HVAC system can really make a difference when it comes to your allergies. In some cases, many people have claimed that their HVAC system has reduced their allergic symptoms so much that they did not have to take medications when at home. Your heating and cooling system works more efficiently and can reduce allergens when it has been tuned up.  Ace-Robbins offers exceptional air conditioning services that will keep your cooling system clean, working efficiently, and saving you money. Be sure to contact us when you need air conditioner maintenance. We have been in business since 1961 and since then, we have been providing quality services at an affordable price for the communities of Scranton, Tunkhannock, Wilkes-Barre, and surrounding areas.
Contact us today or give us a call at (570) 836-3232 if you have any questions.