As the warm spring weather starts to shine through, people with allergies are starting to notice symptom flare-ups. While you can’t control the air outside, you can control the air inside your home. By utilizing some of the tips below, you can work to enhance your indoor air quality and decrease allergens to keep those flare-ups to a minimum.
Replace Your HVAC Filter
Spring is the perfect time to pull out your old HVAC filter and replace it with a new one. While experts recommend replacing your HVAC filter every two to three months, your home might require more frequent replacements. Those who suffer from seasonal allergies, have high traffic indoors, or share their homes with pets may need to replace their filters every month.
Consider Adding a Whole-Home Air Purifier
Most people are familiar with the small portable air purifiers that simply plug into a wall outlet. These help to filter out some of the nasty allergens and other airborne particles that you breathe inside your home. If you really want to enhance your indoor air quality, may want to invest in a whole-home air purification system. These systems are installed as part of your HVAC ventilation system and offer more enhanced filtering than just a regular HVAC system.
Have Your AC System Professionally Cleaned
As the weather gets warmer, it signals that it’s time to contact your HVAC professional to get your air conditioning system serviced. As part of the service, the inside of your unit will be cleaned out. This will remove any airborne particles that could end up circulating throughout the ventilation system in your home. Getting your air conditioning system serviced by a licensed professional also helps to ensure that it’s working at its most efficient level to continually circulate fresh air throughout your home.
Invest in a Whole-Home Dehumidifier
Humidity can play a very large role in the quality of the air inside your home and how you feel. Some common household allergens like dust mites and mold thrive in high humidity. For this reason, it’s important to manage the relative humidity levels inside your home to keep them within a safe range — experts generally recommend 30% to 50%. One of the easiest ways to make this happen is to invest in a whole-home dehumidifier. It will allow you to set your preferred indoor humidity level.
Consider Duct Cleaning
All the air that is cooled and delivered to the rooms throughout your home depends on your ducting. As air circulates in and out of your ducts, it can bring along airborne particles and debris that get dropped inside the ductwork. Professionals recommend having your ductwork cleaned every five years. If you or someone you live with suffers from severe allergies, you may want to consider getting duct cleaning done more often. This professional service will help to remove any airborne particles that are stuck inside your ducting to enhance your indoor air quality.
Clean Your Vents and Registers
As you walk throughout your house, you’ll notice that there are various vents and registers in each room. These are where air enters and exits your ducting. Spring is a perfect time of year to pop those vents and registers out of the wall. Give them a good cleaning to help remove any stuck-on debris. Make sure that they are completely dry before you reinstall them, as wet vents and registers can lead to unwanted mold and mildew growth.
Stay on Top of Cleaning
Lastly, one of the most effective strategies for enhancing your indoor air quality and maintaining it is cleaning on a frequent basis. This means vacuuming your carpet every couple of days to pick up those unwanted allergens before they circulate in your air. If you have pets, have them groomed often to help keep the pet dander down. You also want to take time to frequently dust all the surfaces throughout your home. The more airborne particles like dust that you can remove from the household surfaces, the less debris will go into your ducting and HVAC system.
Expert Indoor Air Quality Services
At Zark Heating & Cooling, we provide expert indoor air quality services for residents of New Lenox, IL and the surrounding area. We can also assist you with all your heating, cooling, and ductless mini-split needs. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced service technicians!