If you have seasonal allergies that flare up during the springtime, you’re not alone. An estimated 36 million people are right there with you eye running, sneezing, and blowing their nose. If you have a HVAC system in your home, it may be the culprit as to why your allergies aren’t getting better.
• Inspect the air filter. A dirty filter causes pollutants as well as dirt and dust to enter the home. While lying in bed at night, your allergies suffer because you’re breathing that in. Look for a filter with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating between 9 and 12. It’ll work better for trapping small allergens as well as reduce you, your spouse or children’s allergies.
• Clean around the indoor unit. Drain clogs to keep mold spores and other allergens out of the home.
• Check out the ducts for mold. Hire a trained HVAC professional to clean them. This is very important if you suffer from allergies.
• Seal doors, windows, and entrances to prevent allergens from entering the home. Air leaks make allergies worse.
• A whole home humidifier makes a world of difference. It maintains a level of humidity of 30 to 50 percent which keeps mold and dust mites away.
Allergies aren’t something to ignore. They worsen when allergens enter the home and can easily be taken care of by performing simple maintenance on filters, entrance ways, and ducts. If you’re uncomfortable servicing things yourself, call a skilled HVAC professional to assist you with the process. They’re well versed on ways to keep allergens out of the home and away from you and your loved ones.