Many in the Southeast look forward to spring because of warmer temperatures and blossoming greenery. However, many folks also dread spring because of pesky seasonal allergies. Although you may blame spring for your pesky allergies, there might be something in your home worsening your symptoms. Many do not know that their HVAC system also suffers when seasonal allergens resurface.
Your HVAC system plays a larger role in ensuring your home’s indoor air quality remains in peak condition. If your indoor air quality tanks due to seasonal allergens, your symptoms may worsen. Therefore, it is essential to ensure your HVAC system is ready for spring to protect you and your family’s health. At Precision Air, we’re trusted in Middle Tennessee for all things HVAC for a reason. So, here are our HVAC tips to prevent and lessen the impact of seasonal allergies.
Know When To Change Air Filters
Your air filters capture debris, including pollen, dander, and dust. However, it’s easy to forget to replace your air filters. When air filters are ignored, a home’s indoor air quality may tank due to the increased presence of harmful allergens. If you have people who are prone to allergies or have chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, making routine air filter changes is crucial. Air filters should be changed every two to three months.
You also want to consider the MERV rating, with 11 or above being the target to assist with allergens. Be careful not to restrict airflow too much. Added resistance with the wrong size return volume may stress your system’s components, so a whole home large-capacity add
on filter may be a better choice for you.
Dust Your Vents
When making a spring cleaning list, it’s easy to overlook your HVAC system. Still, you should take a moment to dust off your vents to ensure your indoor air quality remains optimal. When dust mites cover your vents, they also circulate through your air. By dusting with a damp cloth, you’ll reduce the number of allergens in the air in no time.
Regularly Run Your System
Although the temperatures are pleasant this time of year and you may be tempted to leave windows open 24/7, you should still run your system regularly. When an AC system isn’t running on a consistent basis, your home’s insulation prevents air from circulating. This means that air becomes stagnant, trapping harmful allergens inside your home. Run your AC, even if it’s just for half an hour.
Avoid & Monitor Humidity
When it comes to perfect conditions for allergens to flourish, moist environments are allergens’ best friend. Dehumidifiers can help prevent moisture from settling in your home, thus worsening any allergy symptoms.
Additionally, keep an eye (or a nose) out for mildewy smells. If you smell moisture, that may be a sign to get your unit checked by a professional. Mold and mildew can settle in your AC system, spreading harmful particles around the home.
Get Help From The Best In The Business
When ensuring your HVAC is ready for everything the Spring may throw at it, you need to rely on the best team of HVAC professionals in your area. Precision Air has a team of HVAC contractors ready to help your unit and your indoor air quality stay in tip-top shape for the season. From routine maintenance to total HVAC overhauls, we’re the trusted choice in Middle Tennessee. Contact us today for all your HVAC needs in Murfreesboro, Nashville, and surrounding areas.