Desperate for Indoor Allergy Relief? HVAC Maintenance May Help
Are you one of millions in this country who deals with seasonal allergies? While pollen and other natural allergen levels are higher at different times throughout the year, your own home can be filled with indoor allergens all year round. According to the EPA, indoor allergens rank as the fifth most dangerous home health hazard. So what can you do to protect you and your family’s health and provide indoor allergy relief?
- Know the danger: Indoor allergens can be made up of pet dander, mites, mold and dust. While regular housecleaning can minimize the problem, your HVAC system can also contribute to poor indoor air if it’s not attended to regularly. The ducts and filters of your HVAC system collect dust and other indoor allergens over time, and if you don’t clean or replace your air filters regularly, they can become clogged and do a poor job of filtering your air. Moist air from the kitchen and bathrooms can create a breeding ground for mold, which can be fought with dehumidifiers. All of these indoor allergens are then blown throughout the house by your HVAC system, aggravating allergies and potentially making it difficult to breathe for asthma sufferers.
- HVAC maintenance: Cleaning and replacing the air filters of your HVAC system is the first step in keeping indoor allergens to a minimum. Secondly, inspect exposed air ducts for leaks. Not only do leaks lead to hundreds of dollars in wasted energy, but they also allow contaminants or even vermin to get into the system. If problems persist, consider making an appointment with a licensed HVAC professional for a more detailed look at your home’s HVAC system.