The constant sneezing and sniffing that springtime allergies bring can put a damper on an otherwise pleasant season. But it’s not just pollen that could leave your sinuses in misery — dust, pet dander and other airborne pollutants in your own home can easily trigger allergy symptoms. Taking the following allergy tips to heart can help keep allergy symptoms at bay throughout the spring and summer months:
- Clear debris from around the indoor unit.Remove dust and debris from around the indoor A/C unit through sweeping, vacuuming and dusting.
- Buy the best filter for your buck.A good air filter can significantly reduce the prevalence of indoor air pollutants. Make sure to purchase an air filter rated at MERV 8 or above. You should also replace your air filters at least every three months for the best air quality and performance.
- Always check for mold growth.Areas where moisture and condensate collect can also play host to allergy-triggering mold and mildew. Every few weeks, check the evaporator coils, condensate drip tray and air handler for signs of mold growth.
- Dust those return vents and registers.It’s easy to overlook these areas, so pay special attention to them (as well as the rest of your home’s ductwork) as you dust and clean the rest of your home.
- Invest in regularly scheduled HVAC service.Having preventative maintenance done on your A/C system is a good allergy tip that can help reduce indoor allergens. It also ensures that your system runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Contact the professionals at Valley Heating, Cooling, Electrical to learn more allergy tips you can use. We provide residential heating and cooling services to Santa Cruz and the South Bay Peninsula region.
Our goal is to help educate our customers inthe South Bay Peninsula and Santa Cruz areas of Californiaabout energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).