The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America reported this Spring that more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies every year. Anything that a homeowner can do to reduce unnecessary suffering from allergies should be prioritized. Luckily for homeowners with allergies, there are some simple adjustments and preventative measures that you can make to your HVAC system to reduce particulates and irritants in your home while improving your own quality of life.
Replacing Air Filters
One of the best and easiest forms of maintenance when it comes to your HVAC system is as simple as checking and replacing your air filters. These filters are the unsung hero of your entire air conditioning system, as a clean and properly installed filter can keep allergens, dust, and pollutants from entering and circulating around your home. Sometimes your filter may only require a light cleaning, but you can never go wrong with a full replacement and a clean fresh start. Check your air filters to save yourself tears and congestion down the road.
Duct Cleaning & Maintenance
Once you have inspected your air filters, the next step is to always inspect your air ducts for any damage, punctures, or misalignment that may allow contaminants to circulate through your system and your home. Once you have inspected the outside, it’s beneficial to check the inside of the ducts for dust, dirt and particulate buildup. If you find that the ducts need to be cleaned, you can either gently touch up problem areas or contact your local HVAC professionals for duct cleaning maintenance services. Having clean, secure air ducts will leave you with a strong foundation for air quality and comfort in your home.
One of the most important aspects of keeping your home free of allergens is making sure that your doors and windows are closed and insulated securely. A drafty door or leaky window can lead to a massive headache for you and your family come spring time, on top of bloated energy costs. Checking the insulation around the house and remaining vigilant on tightly closing all doors and windows will greatly reduce your chances of encountering allergens in your home.
Sources Cited: Fresh Home
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