While some may take shelter from the outdoor allergens by staying inside, you’re not even safe in your own home without consistent HVAC maintenance. Harsh pollen and pollutants can easily invade your space if your home HVAC system isn’t working efficiently. To ensure your HVAC is running smoothly and protecting your home from allergens, here are seven basic cleaning and maintenance tips to prepare your house for allergy season.
Replace Your Air Filters
Functioning air filters are key components of an allergy-free home. Air filters protect your space from dust, debris, and other indoor contaminants that could affect your air quality. If air filters are not regularly monitored and replaced, they can quickly become clogged and allow pollutants into your air. We recommend routinely replacing your HVAC air filters. Depending on your use, you should replace HVAC air filters every 30-90 days to protect your space from outdoor allergens.
Clean Your Air Ducts
Like air filters, air ducts protect your air from contaminants like dust and pollen. Dirty air ducts put your space at risk of allergen buildup, which consequently diminishes your space’s air quality. In severe cases, dirty air ducts can lead to mold if there’s a ventilation blockage. Mold causes a humid atmosphere throughout your ducts and an increased risk of allergy symptoms in your home. Add ductwork cleaning to your regular cleanup routine to avoid potential pollution to your home air.
Excessive moisture in your air can lead to mold, mildew, and other pollutants that heighten allergies. If your air feels abnormally humid, it’s time to install an HVAC dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers work with your HVAC system to control moisture in your air and make your home feel more comfortable. At Chancey & Reynolds, we provide HVAC dehumidifier installation services that will prepare your home for the allergy season ahead.
From congestion to itchy eyes, a dusty home will undoubtedly intensify your allergy symptoms. The lack of consistent dusting is a primary culprit for allergies. When doing your cleanup routine, we recommend dusting baseboards, ceiling fans, windows, furniture, and, most importantly — air vents. If your air vents are covered in dust mites, they will circulate dust throughout your home and worsen allergies symptoms for your entire household.
Keep Your Space Tidy
It’s always wise to keep your home nice and clean, regardless of whether it’s allergy season. However, during this time of year, we recommend going the extra mile when tidying up. Vacuum and mop weekly to control dust, pollen, and pet dander. If you’re entering your home after extensive outdoor activities, store your shoes outside and shower once you’re home to prevent outdoor allergens from entering your space.
Clean Your Outdoor Unit
Though it’s crucial to keep your inside space clean, you can’t forget about the outside as well. Your outdoor HVAC unit is just as important as your inside HVAC system. An outdoor HVAC unit is easily susceptible to damage from debris like dirt and leaves. Keep an eye on your outdoor unit, particularly in the months when leaves begin to fall. This will prevent additional allergens from circulating in your air.
Schedule Seasonal HVAC Maintenance
Following our tips will help you prepare your HVAC system for allergy season. However, it’s still important to schedule HVAC maintenance bi-annually. By trusting in providers like Chancey & Reynolds, your system will survive the warmer months with no problem!
With decades of experience in heating and air, Chancey & Reynolds is prepared to keep your AC running for the long haul. From routine checkups to emergency repairs, we are always here to help make home your comfort zone. Connect with our team of trusted experts to elevate your living space and beat allergy season today.