Spring is a welcome reprieve from the long Colorado winters — that is, unless you suffer from spring allergies. You don’t, however, have to suffer inside your home. For starters, you and your HVAC technician can provide relief by making sure the air filter, humidifier and air ducts (all key components that contribute to your indoor air quality) are in great shape.
Here are 8 solutions to alleviate spring allergies:
1. Change air filters every 30 days during peak usage months.
2. Clean hard and carpeted floor surfaces often and shake out or vacuum door mats.
3. Check the seals in all windows and doors, and re-seal where necessary.
4. Use a humidifier to balance humidity levels.
Humidity (the amount of water vapor in the air) varies by location, climate and time of year. High humidity contributes to the growth of mold and bacteria. Low humidity (overly dry air) contributes to dry, itchy skin, throat and nasal passages and can make you more susceptible to colds and flu. The level of humidity in your home is largely a personal preference and can be balanced with the use of a humidifier.
5. Install a whole-house air cleaner.
A whole-house air cleaner works with your HVAC system but goes beyond your HVAC air filters to remove contaminants from your air. Air cleaners trap particles as small as a human hair and work 24/7. They also prevent dust from building up, so you don’t have to clean as often.
6. Have your air ducts cleaned.
Dust and dirt (among other nasty things) can get trapped in your air ducts and contribute to poor indoor air quality. Have your ducts cleaned to prevent those particles from re-entering your living space.
7. Resist the urge to open doors and windows even on the nicest days!
Opening doors and windows lets in fresh air, but also allergens and dust along with it.
8. Have your home checked by an HVAC technician annually.
Your HVAC technician knows what to look for and can recommend the solutions that are right for your home.