Use Your Central Air Conditioner to Control Springtime Allergies
It’s springtime! In many areas of the country, the weather outdoors is temperate and beautiful at this time of year. During the spring many people want to open their home’s windows very wide, and let fresh air inside. But, wait! Before you open all of the windows in your home, make sure to consider whether any of the people in your home typically suffer from springtime allergies. If they do, you might want to keep your windows sealed shut. By opening your windows during the spring, you allow pollen and other allergens to float right inside – which can result in serious allergy symptoms for allergy sufferers.
While it may be impossible to keep individuals who suffer from springtime allergies away from all sources of allergens, the last thing you want to do is invite the allergens inside of your home through open windows. Once inside, allergens can circulate throughout your home and wreak havoc on those who suffer from allergy symptoms. Luckily, there are a few things you can do if you believe your home’s interior air is contaminated with pollen and other allergens.
Following are a few methods that can be used to improve your indoor air quality and rid your home of allergens:
Use the correct air filter in your central air conditioning system. If you have any questions or concerns about the specific type of air filter that should be used to clear your indoor air of allergens, consult with your air conditioner repair company. HEPA filters do an excellent job of capturing allergens and other particles as your indoor air circulates through your HVAC system. HEPA stands for high efficiency particle accumulator – which is exactly what you need if your indoor air is polluted with allergens.
Have your home’s air ducts cleaned. When pollen and other allergens infiltrate your home, the particles can settle inside of your air ducts. One of the best ways to ensure all particles are removed is by scheduling a professional air duct cleaning service appointment. Your air conditioner repair service company should be able to provide you with the name of a reputable air duct cleaning company.
Make sure your air conditioner is not harboring mold. Many people are allergic to mold, and when your air conditioning system is growing mold, health problems can arise. Schedule an appointment with your air conditioner repair company for air conditioner service. During the appointment, have the HVAC technician look for evidence of mold. If there is any mold growing, make sure the technician treats it.
Running your central air conditioning system is one of the most effective methods for purifying your home’s indoor air. But, the system cannot do this job correctly without a clean and proper air filter. Additionally, it’s important to remember that each time you open your home’s windows, allergens are allowed to float inside. Therefore, if it’s a high-pollen day, make sure to keep your windows sealed shut. For more information on how to keep your interior air allergen free, ask your air conditioner repair service company for additional tips and guidance.