Over 50 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies. This can turn the beautiful springtime months into a miserable time of year for some folks. However, if you suffer from seasonal spring allergies, there are things you can do to make your home an allergy-free safe haven and prevent many of those unpleasant allergy symptoms.
Many of the steps that need to be taken involve your HVAC system. Read on for some easy solutions that will save you and your family from those pesky allergens lurking in your home.
Step 1: Keep your HVAC units clean
HVAC systems pull air from around the unit. If applicable, both the indoor and outdoor unit need to be cleared of dust and debris. Ensuring that the units are free of dust only increases the quality of air being circulated in your home. Using a vacuum, sweeping, and dusting regularly can help reduce excess allergens.
Step 2: Use high quality furnace filters and replace them regularly
Using a good quality filter in your furnace is a great defense against allergens. Buy filters with at least a MERV 8 rating. These types of filters tend to trap microscopic particles and reduce allergens. Be sure to check your filters regularly and replace them at least once every 3 months. Dirty filters can make your system less efficient and more hazardous to the health of those with allergies.
Step 3: Inspect your HVAC units for mold
If you’re home is particularly moist or humid, you’ll want to regularly inspect your HVAC system for signs of mold. If you see a small amount of mold build up, you can likely take care of removing it on your own. However, if there is a larger presence, call a professional. Installing a whole-house humidifier or updating your HVAC system can be another option to help solve chronic humidity problems.
Step 4: Schedule spring HVAC maintenance
Spring is an optimal time to call us and schedule your yearly HVAC maintenance. We can make sure that your system is ready for the warmer months ahead and ensure that it’s free from dust and allergen blockages.
Call today to schedule your springtime HVAC maintenance. If you have any questions or concerns about preventing allergens in your home, we’ll be happy to help. If you’re ready to upgrade your HVAC system, Columbia Heating and Cooling offers free replacement quotes. Give us a call at (503) 624-2704!