Spring is here, and so are allergies. Do you have worsening allergy symptoms this time of year? Many of your allergy symptoms could be caused by or made worse by the air in your own home. It’s important to think about how you can improve your indoor air quality to reduce your allergy symptoms and improve your overall health. Don’t know where to start? Here are four easy ways to sneeze less and smile more this spring.
Switch to a Higher Quality Air Filter
Your air filter is an essential part of your home’s air quality. Professionals recommend that you use a filter with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating of 8. These filters are better at trapping microscopic particles that could be causing your allergy symptoms. Alongside using a high-quality air filter, you should also be replacing your air filter regularly. How often you should replace your air filter depends on things like how many pets you have, if there are young children in your home, and how sensitive you are to indoor contaminants.
Dust Your Vents
Dust and debris around your vents are the primary culprits of allergy symptoms. Give your home a spring cleaning by wiping down the interior and exterior of your air vents. All the air that enters your home must pass through your vents before it gets to your lungs. Vents that are clogged with dust and debris will affect your indoor air quality and increase your allergy-like symptoms.
Check for Signs of Mold
Mold spores inside your air ducts are a common cause of allergies. If not taken care of, mold could cause more serious health problems. Mold thrives in humid, moist environments. Check for mold by looking at your ducts, condensate drip pan, drain, evaporate coils, and the air handler every few weeks. This is especially important during warm and humid months. If you aren’t sure whether or not there is mold in your air ducts, schedule a professional air duct cleaning today.
Invest in an Air Scrubber
Air scrubbers are a type of filtration system designed to improve your indoor air quality. These advanced devices use ActivePure Technology and UV light waves to create molecules that travel through your home, helping with air pollutants, cigarette smoke and smell, chemical odors, dust, pollen, mold, and 99% of germs and viruses!
Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment
The easiest way to reduce your spring allergy symptoms is to regularly maintain your AC system. Since your HVAC system is responsible for all the air that comes into your home, it’s important that it works properly and that your filtration system is performing at optimal levels. The technicians at Air Experts can perform regular maintenance and repairs on your system so it’s cooling your home off without breaking the bank.