5 Cleaning and Indoor Air Quality Tips for Asthma and Allergies
April 20, 2018
Spring brings blooming flowers, warmer weather, and an abundance of life wherever you look. Unfortunately, springtime allergies and pollutants often make an appearance as well, ruining all the joy.
Allergens are antigens (foreign molecules that induce an immune response in the host), which kick in when the body experiences allergy triggers. Allergens find their way into the home by means of airborne dust particles, mold, outdoor pollution, and the dander and droppings of various animals and insects.
Once allergens have invaded the house, it’s not too long before you and your family start to be affected, especially those who already have asthma and allergies. Springtime pollutants can cause new allergy and asthma symptoms as well as aggravate existing ones.
May is National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month! Take some time this month to tackle indoor air quality concerns and improve your health and quality of life.
How to Prevent Springtime Allergens and Pollutants
A well-maintained HVAC and plumbing system is known to dramatically reduce the ill effects of allergens by reducing moisture problems and keeping the indoor air pristine during the warm spring season. The beauty of an HVAC system is that it constantly throws out the stale air and floods the rooms with clean air to increase the heating or cooling output.
Professional Spring AC Maintenance is necessary to remove the existing allergens as well as prevent new allergens from entering the home, and these 5 simple HVAC maintenance tips will help you to rid your house of allergens altogether:
Purchasing High-Quality Filters
It’s essential to purchase a high-quality filters in order to enable smooth functionality of the mechanism involved in cooling and heating. The air filter acts as the first line of defense against the dust particles (which are primarily airborne) in the home environment.
Remember to check your air filter every 30 days! Follow the label instructions carefully and don’t wait more than 90 days to clean or replace it. A clean air filter is essential for improving energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
Speak with a professional HVAC technician about better quality filters for greater air filtration. While you may have heard about the effectiveness of HEPA filters, they are very thick and often require professional modifications to accommodate the larger size.
Getting Rid of Outdoor and Indoor Debris
Making sure the outdoor AC units and the surrounding areas are clean in terms of dust and other debris is imperative, as the outside air is sucked in through the vents and then circulated around the house. Similarly, the indoor units of your HVAC will continue to circulate unclean air if the units and the area around them are not regularly checked for unwanted dust and debris.
Checking for Mold
As we all know, it’s unhygienic to have mold in the house, since it increases the chances of allergies as well as a wide range of other health problems. Mold is primarily formed from spores of fungus, which tend to be especially harmful when they are in the evaporator coils and the ducts that transport the cool or heated air around the entire house, putting every family member’s health at risk.
Cleaning Duct Registers and Return Vents
The duct registers and the return vents of the HVAC system need to be cleaned as regularly as possible, and before you clean the rest of the unit, so you can make sure there is clean air being circulated around the house. Cleaning them is fairly easy and should be a particular priority during the springtime, since this helps to keep the house cleaner and its members healthier.
HVAC Maintenance Call
It is without a doubt essential to schedule an HVAC maintenance call every change of season – and especially come springtime. An HVAC professional would be able to advise you on the best routine for regular maintenance, which will not only keep the HVAC system working optimally all year around, but also help minimize the presence of allergens in the air inside your house.
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