Allergies Indoors? 3 HVAC Tips That Can Provide Relief
Spring is officially here. This is good news for most people, but it can also spell trouble if you suffer from springtime allergies. If you’re worried about the quality of your indoor air, consider these three HVAC tips to provide relief for springtime allergy symptoms:
Change Your Filters
Keeping up with regular filter changes has a few benefits: it boosts the efficiency of your heating and cooling system, it prevents a number of HVAC problems, and it improves your air quality. Clean filters do a better job than dirty filters when it comes to trapping dust, pollen and other particles. How often filters need to be changed depends on a number of factors, but a good role of thumb is to check on your filters monthly, and change them at least every three months.
Seal Your Air Ducts
Air ducts can easily develop leaks, cracks and loose connections and these openings allow fumes, allergens and a host of potentially irritating particles to enter your home. This is particularly true if the ducts pass through your garage or an unfinished area. Depending on the accessibility of your ductwork, you might be able to make sealing them a do-it-yourself project, or you might require professional assistance. It’s also a good idea to have your ductwork cleaned out every few years; a lot of dust and mold can build up inside air ducts over time.
Schedule Annual HVAC Maintenance
Annual maintenance keeps your HVAC running at peak efficiency, and it removes particle buildup from the system. Spring is an ideal time to schedule your HVAC for maintenance for two reasons. First, spring represents the beginning of allergy season, and you’ll want your air quality to be the best it can be over the months ahead. Also, the cooling season is about to get into full swing with summer on its way, and it’s a good idea to make sure your air conditioner is up to the task.
For more HVAC tips to reduce springtime allergies, contact us at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air.
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