If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you probably have very mixed feelings about spring. Symptoms are often the worst during this time but can affect some people year-round. To keep your home sneeze-free, you may be wondering how HVAC systems can limit allergy symptoms. After all, the system is designed to clean the air! If your system doesn’t seem to be working as efficiently as it should, we’ve created this blog to provide you with some helpful tips.
What Cause Allergies?
Allergies are commonly caused by the spread of pollen and other outdoor allergens. People are also exposed to allergens for more extended periods during the spring because they spend more time outdoors. It’s not only limited to spring, as fall is another heavy allergy season, and reactions can trigger at any time. Even if you spend more time indoors, you can still be at risk. Old or poorly maintained HVAC systems can let allergens build up within the system, spreading them throughout the home.
Thankfully, modern HVAC technology can effectively reduce or prevent allergens from entering your home. Here are a couple of basic ways to improve your indoor air quality:
- Replace Your Filters: We listed this first because it is one of the most important tools for helping your HVAC system filter out allergens! Remember to change your filter as often as the manufacturer recommends. Doing so helps your system work efficiently and catches as many allergens as possible. Additionally, there are allergy-specific filters available.
- Dust & Vacuum: While this may sound obvious, it’s surprising how well it can decrease allergy symptoms! When your carpets, furniture, and air are all contaminant-free, you’ll likely feel much better.
- Clean Your Air Ducts: Whenever possible, cleaning the visible part of air ducts and vents can help. Since your ductwork likely has a lot of hard-to-reach areas, we recommend getting a professional duct cleaning once every couple of years at a minimum. It ensures that contaminants and allergens don’t build up inside of your ducts.
- Air Quality Products: There are a wide variety of additional products that can help improve indoor air quality. Many are specifically designed to help ease allergies! Our team can help you determine if additional air quality products will help your symptoms.
- Keep Your System Maintained: We always recommend having an HVAC technician come out and check and maintain your system. To keep your unit correctly filtering contaminants out of the air, it has to be working efficiently. Ideally, you should have it checked once in spring and once in fall. One of our specialized team members will be able to detect any problems and keep your system running in tip-top shape!
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Dealing with allergies can be a nightmare, and your symptoms shouldn’t extend to your home. With a couple of minor changes, you can turn your home into a safe haven! We hope this blog helped explain how HVAC systems can limit allergy symptoms. If you have any other questions or need help determining why your HVAC system isn’t filtering our allergens, give us a call. You can reach us at (877) 452-8527, or you can contact us through our website by clicking here.