Managing Allergies With HVAC

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Allergies can bring you down and leave you feeling too terrible to enjoy life. Whether you’re allergic to pets, pollen, dust, or other airborne allergens, a high-quality HVAC system can be one of your best allies. All you need to know is how to put your HVAC system to work for you. Follow these innovative strategies to use your HVAC system to get real relief from runny noses, dryness, hay fever, and more!

Add an Air Purifier

You may cringe when you learn about the common air pollutants inside your home. You may be breathing in such things as microplastics, mold, pet dander, household cleaners, pollen, and worse. The air pollutants that you inhale while relaxing at home can be the very things that trigger a variety of allergic reactions.

Consider adding a whole-house air purifier to your HVAC system. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, this can be one of the most effective things you can do to improve your indoor air quality. When you use an air purifier, you reduce your exposure to common allergens. As a result, you may notice a dramatic difference after introducing the purifier and start to feel better.

Keep the Humidity in Your Home Low

Mold allergies are common, and they can wreak havoc on your sense of well-being. The bad news is that mold can grow anywhere. The good news is that you can help prevent mold with your HVAC system. If you have a mold allergy, fight back and set the humidity in your home to be lower than 50 percent. Otherwise, the moisture can encourage mold growth.

If necessary, add a dehumidifier as a tool to keep your allergies at bay. A whole-house dehumidifier can be an asset that works with the HVAC system to create a suitable healthy climate within your home. It can continue to ensure that humidity is removed from the air while your air conditioner is between cycles.

You should also make sure to ventilate your home correctly. If you don’t have proper ventilation, mold can grow and thrive. Pay especially close attention to the bathroom, kitchen, and basement. These areas often lack the proper ventilation and can be a hotbed for mold growth.

Have Your Air Ducts Cleaned

If you suspect that your air ducts may be causing your problems, make sure you have a professional clean them. If your air ducts contain mold or have accumulated a lot of dirt and grime, a professional duct cleaning service is worth every penny. Often an entire HVAC system cleaning is combined with cleaning your air ducts. The cleaning service you need depends on your unique situation and the condition of your system.

Never try to clean your air ducts yourself, and don’t ask a knowledgeable neighbor or friend to try their hand at cleaning them either. Hire a licensed National Air Duct Cleaning Association certified professional to perform the cleaning instead. Only a professional will know the ins and outs of cleaning ducts. In some cases, duct cleaning requires cutting holes in the system, and a professional can cut and seal the ducts properly.

Keep the Area Around Your HVAC Clear

Keep the area around your heating and air conditioning unit clear of debris, dust, and other items. If you have children, make it a family rule that everyone keeps their stuff clear of the HVAC unit, both inside and outside the house. A clear pathway will help increase the airflow. It also helps the system work most efficiently to regulate the air inside your home and protect you from allergies.

Try to avoid fancy landscaping in the outside area around the HVAC unit, too. Trees around the unit can provide some shade, as long as they don’t block airflow. Otherwise, the best practice is simply keeping the grass mowed and clear of the unit. You don’t want common allergens or other outdoor debris to brush up against the heating and cooling system where they may cause problems.

Don’t Open Windows During Any Season

Keep your home protected from the allergy triggers that are often found in the great outdoors. Although you might want to open the windows during beautiful weather, resist the temptation. Even though allergens are less prominent at night, keep windows closed to protect you and your children.

Replace Old Units

Newer HVAC systems tend to offer the best protection against indoor allergens. If you have had your air conditioning and heating system for a decade or if it malfunctions, a total replacement may be best. The United States Department of Energy recommends regular maintenance on your system if you want to get the most out of its ability to fight allergies.

Finally, contact Derek Sawyer’s Heating & Air Conditioning today for any questions you may have about a new heating and cooling system. We can offer advice on improving the air quality in your home with the best equipment. Since we strive to be the best in the Sacramento area, you’ll enjoy the highest quality systems and a pleasant, professional installation experience.

If you find that you’re outside of our service area, then, by all means, contact one of our many friends in the HVAC industry like Done Plumbing & Heating. Done provides a variety of Denver heating, cooling, plumbing, and other related services for the people of Colorado. If you have the opportunity to work with them, we know they’ll live up to their stellar reputation.

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