While some folks look forward to warmer springtime weather after a chilly winter, others dread the inevitable, oncoming battle seasonal allergies. After all, it’s hard to enjoy the fresh air and blooming flowers through watery eyes with a runny or congested nose.
The problem is that allergens (like pollen and mold spores) that cause you to have these reactions outdoors can easily travel into your home through windows and doors. Allergens can also be carried inside on pets, shoes, and clothing.
The good news is that you can significantly reduce the allergens in your home with a bit of HVAC system tricks and maintenance.
Upgrade to a Filter with a High MERV Rating
Your HVAC filters are the first line of defense when it comes to keeping pollen, dust, and debris from circulating inside your home. You’ll want to install a filter with a high Maximum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating for the best filtration. MERV ratings range from 1 - 16, and the number relates to the screening properties of the filter.
Most manufacturers recommend changing your filters every 90 days. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ll likely benefit from changing your filter every 30 to 45 days during allergy season.
Have Your Ductwork Deep-Cleaned
Your ductwork is probably the last thing you think about when it comes to maintaining your property because it’s hidden in the walls. However, if you want to breathe air that’s allergen-free, then one of the best ways is to have your ductwork professionally cleaned. An experienced HVAC technician can deep-clean the ductwork to remove mold, dirt, and bacteria that could be making your allergies worse.
Schedule a Check-Up for your HVAC System
Springtime is a great time to schedule HVAC maintenance. Your HVAC technician will inspect the ductwork, vents, and machinery to ensure that it’s running efficiently. You may not even realize that you have blocked vents or dusty components that are causing your allergies to get worse. HVAC maintenance can resolve these issues and can help improve your indoor air quality.
Are you in need of an HVAC rescue? Call Rescue Air Heating and Cooling, 24/7: (972) 201-3253.