As exciting as it is to know that spring is fast approaching, for many people, the changing of the seasons brings with it a sense of apprehension and dread. Such is the torment of the allergy sufferer. The problem is, staying indoors doesn’t always protect you from uncomfortable allergy outbreaks. In fact, indoor air can sometimes be filled with more allergens than outdoor air! If you want to improve the air quality in your home so you can reduce the severity of your spring allergies, then here are five things you can do from Tidewater AC service Wilmington NC.
#1: Replace Your AC Air Filter With a High Quality Filter
When the season changes over from winter to spring, one of the first home maintenance tasks you should do is to replace your HVAC’s air filter with a new one. But, don’t pick just any replacement filter. If you’re an allergy sufferer, then the quality of filter you choose matters. You should look for an air filter with at least a MERV 8 rating because the higher the filter’s MERV rating, the more dust, dander, and other allergens it is capable of trapping. After you replace your air filter, mark your calendar because you’ll want to check it at least every three months, if not more frequently.
#2: Check Your Home for Mold
Mold and mildew can wreak havoc on an allergy sufferer. This is why it is so important to check for signs of it in all of the usual humid parts of your HVAC system, such as in the ducts, the condensate drain pan, on the evaporator coils, and the air handler. An experienced HVAC technician will be able to clean and sanitize these parts to help reduce the risk of mold and mildew growth.
#3: Clean Up Around Your HVAC System, Inside and Outside the Home
If you have items stored around your home’s HVAC system in your basement, then you should clear everything out of the way so the air flow around the system is open and free-flowing. The area around the indoor unit should also be cleaned and dusted regularly. This will help reduce the risk of dust being pulled into the air handler where it will get dispersed throughout the home.
Cleaning up around the outside unit is also crucial for keeping your exposure to allergens down in the home. Keep weeds at bay and clean out any debris in or around your unit because when there’s debris inside the unit, it will eventually work its way inside the home.
#4: Dust Your Registers and Return Vents Before Cleaning the House
Most people clean their homes regularly. But, what they often fail to clean is their registers and air return vents. These will often become clogged with dust and allergens that then get dispersed into the room every time your HVAC system kicks on. Cleaning the vents and registers in your home before you clean the rest of the house will help reduce your allergies and help your home stay cleaner longer.
#5: Have Your HVAC System Serviced
Having your HVAC system serviced before spring can go a long way toward helping you keep your allergies under control this season. Your technician will inspect and clean your system so it will run optimally all season long. This will help save you money in the long run and make for a much healthier indoor environment.
Springtime is allergy season. Is your HVAC system ready and capable of keeping your home’s indoor air quality clean and healthy? If you or someone in your home suffers from seasonal allergies, then it’s more important than ever to have your AC serviced before spring’s pollen count soars.
Tidewater has been one of Wilmington’s leading providers of commercial and residential HVAC service for more than 42 years. Just give us a call today at 910-343-1234 for expert AC service Wilmington NC. We can inspect and service your HVAC system so your indoor air quality will be as clean and healthy as possible this spring.