Spring is finally here. The days are longer, the flowers are blooming, and tree pollens are taking no prisoners. Just when you thought it was safe to open the windows and enjoy the fresh air again, spring allergies have made a comeback with a vengeance! Is it time to close the windows and turn on the air conditioning? Not so fast; you could be in for a sniffling, sneezing surprise.
Even though the air outside is filled with pollen, your inside air could be even worse for your allergies. Experts say that indoor air pollution levels are often two to five times higher than outdoor levels. Pet dander or chemical vapors from adjacent areas such as basements or garages are often to blame. To make matters worse, your HVAC system may be a significant source of contaminants, harboring dust mites, pollen, mold, and other common indoor allergens. Combine this with measures to “seal up” houses and make them more weathertight and energy efficient, and you’ve got all the makings of a perfect indoor allergy storm.
When it comes to cutting down on indoor allergies, HVAC maintenance plays an important role. Keeping your system in good shape not only helps its performance, but also creates a healthier indoor environment for you and your loved ones. Plus, proper HVAC maintenance helps your system last longer and use less energy throughout its working life. How do you keep your HVAC system in top condition? We’ve got 3 tips to allergy proof your HVAC system and keep you from sneezing the season away.
Tip #1: A Clean Air Filter Is A MUST
How long has it been since you changed the air filter on your furnace? If it has been more than two months, it’s time for a trip to the hardware store. Air filters are one of the first lines of in-home allergy defense. They trap dust, pollen, and other airborne pollutants to reduce allergens and improve indoor air quality. Dirty air filters also prevent your HVAC system from circulating the air as much as it should, making your furnace or air conditioner less efficient. You should ideally replace the filter in your forced-air HVAC system every 30 to 60 days. In any event, get in the habit of inspecting it monthly and changing it when it looks dirty.
If you have severe indoor allergies, consider installing a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. True HEPA filters use advanced filtration technology to trap 99.97 percent of all airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. The experts at Blissfield Heating and Plumbing can recommend and install a HEPA filter that works with your HVAC system – give them a call today! (517) 486-3575!
Tip #2: Dive into Your Ductwork
What’s lurking in your ductwork? It could be the cause of your indoor allergies. Dust, dirt, pet hair, and mold can accumulate in your ductwork, circulating through your indoor air and your respiratory system every time your furnace or air conditioner kicks on. Recommendations vary on how often ductwork should be cleaned. But if you suffer from severe indoor allergies, have done recent home renovations, or haven’t had the ductwork cleaned in at least 10 years, consider doing it this season. It could make a big difference in your health.
Tip #3: Clean Your Coils
Did you know that the evaporator coil on your air conditioning or heat pump could be harboring mold and mildew? These allergy sources thrive in wet, dark environments. When an air conditioner is in use, condensation often forms on the unit’s evaporator coils. This moisture from condensation creates the ideal environment for them to grow. Make sure your air conditioner’s evaporator coil is cleaned on a yearly basis to remove and prevent mold growth. To stop future mold growth, you may want to have an ultraviolet lamp installed near the coil.
Reduce Indoor Allergies Today!
Ready to reduce your indoor allergies? Contact Blissfield Heating and Plumbing or give us a call at (517) 486-3575. Our team of professionals can help. Contact us today!
8593 E US Hwy 223
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