Fighting Allergies – Starting With Your HVAC
Fighting allergies is no joke. Dust, pet dander, mold and pest droppings are common types of allergens that pollute the air in your home.
Those pollutants are responsible for the allergy symptoms that 50 million Americans suffer from each year.
There are a few things you can do. Minimize the allergens in your home and maximize the clean air your HVAC provides with these steps.
- Purchase a high quality air filter.
This is the first defense against outdoor pollutants getting inside your home. Check your filters monthly and clean them quarterly. This insures there are no excess particles leaking into your home. Also, be sure you are buying an air filter with at least a MERV 8 rating. Read more on why this is important here.
- Dust the registers and return vents in your home.
Although many people dust their homes on a regular basis, this is one place that is commonly skipped. With a damp cloth, simply dust the outside of each vent to prevent dust particles from accumulating and circulating throughout the house.
- Check for mold.
Your HVAC system is the perfect breeding ground for mold and bacteria. It’s dark and oftentimes damp because of condensation buildup or a leaky coil. Mold can easy form in these conditions and triggers allergy symptoms in many people, by preventing mold build up you are fighting allergies before they start.
- Regularly clean household fabrics.
These include furniture, carpet, drapes and bedding materials. Oftentimes these soft surfaces collect dust and allergens that irritate the breathing system. Make sure these surfaces are vacuumed once a week and sprayed down with a Lysol type spray that will eliminate bacteria that causes odor.