Sneezing? Itchy eyes? How can you combat seasonal allergies with clean indoor air? Learn how to maximize your heating and air conditioning system for the season.
During the season when you switch between heating and air conditioning, allergens abound! If you find yourself sneezing and itching, it is a good time to think about cleaning up your indoor air. There are a few things you can do around the house to make breathing easier during allergy season.
Service Your HVAC
Pollutants build up in your HVAC system over time. Proper inspection and cleaning is one option for improving indoor air quality. During preventive maintenance, a trusted technician will inspect your filters, which often cut down on allergens in your home.
Some filters keep the HVAC system clean but don't actually clean your air. For cleaner air, consider upgrading to HEPA filters or high-efficiency filters. HEPA filters are not compatible will all HVAC systems, however. During your preventive maintenance visit, your technician can help you understand your options.
A second benefit of having a technician inspect your HVAC system is that they can spot trouble. If you have mold or dust in your ducts, the technician may suggest cleaning them out. Smells coming from your air vents are another hint that it's time to schedule a duct cleaning. Older systems have more accumulated allergens. Newer, modern systems draw outside air in, filter it, and circulate it. This increased ventilation improves air quality.
What Else Can You Do?
Are there other changes you can make to improve the air quality inside your home? Yes! You can start with these tips:
- Review your cleaning routine and products. Many household cleaners contain allergens. Look for cleaner and greener products with fewer ingredients. Some people now use vinegar, for example, as a go-to cleaner. It doesn't have the harsh chemicals and does a great job.
- If anyone in your home smokes, it is preferable to keep it as an outdoor activity. The pollutants stick to carpet, upholstery, and window treatments.
- Ensure proper ventilation around your home. This includes the kitchen, bathrooms, and HVAC system. Great ventilation reduces mold and mildew growth.
Get Started Now
If your HVAC system is older and needs inspection, scheduling an appointment is a great first step. Look around your home to see what else you can do to reduce chemicals and pollutants.
For more information or to schedule preventive maintenance contact our team at G+S Heating Air Energy Services. Breathe easier knowing your indoor air quality is good. And sleep well knowing your heating and air conditioning system is running efficiently.