5 Ways to Prevent Summer Allergies
June 4th, 2020 by cverdone
Summer is a great time to get out of the house and enjoy the warmer weather. However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, spending more time outside is the last thing you want to do. Even inside your own home, you may experience a flare-up of symptoms that can leave you feeling miserable. The following guide can help you prevent an outbreak of symptoms, so you can feel better and enjoy your summer a little more.
Get Your Ducts and Registers Cleaned
Over time, dust, pest droppings, and other contaminants can get trapped in your ducts and in the registers throughout your home. You reduce your exposure to allergens by having an HVAC professional clean out your duct work. This will eliminate the allergens that the air blows past and would otherwise pick up and carry out into your home. Once the ducts have been cleaned by a professional, you can keep them clean by using a duster to clear out the registers and exposed ducts on a regular basis throughout the season.
Keep Your Condenser Clean
At the start of the season, one essential part of your HVAC check-up that a professional should perform is to inspect and clean the condenser unit. The condenser is the part of your air conditioner that’s located just outside the home. Since it is outside, it’s especially vulnerable to debris, such as leaves, dirt, and pest nesting. Although it has vents especially designed to protect against these contaminants, some debris does get inside. You can help your HVAC contractor by keeping the area surrounding the condenser clear of leaves, branches, and litter throughout the season.
Check Your HVAC Air Filters
If you use your HVAC system moderately, your air filter should be checked and replaced once a month. If you use your system more heavily, you should check the air filters every two weeks to be sure they remain clean. A dirty filter will prevent the system from cleaning the air properly, causing air that’s contaminated with dust and allergens to be recirculated throughout the home. Additionally, dirty air filters will cause greater wear and tear on your HVAC unit.
Use a Dehumidifier
If your HVAC system doesn’t include a dehumidifier, your HVAC professional can help you choose a high quality dehumidifier for your home. This type of device is essential for areas of the home that are either damp or humid, because this is the type of environment that allows allergens and mold to thrive. Running a dehumidifier will keep the air dry and free of pollen, mold spores, and dust.
Set Your Unit to Auto
Many people leave their thermostat in the “on” position, but this creates more problems that can cause allergies to worsen. When the air conditioner, or furnace, isn’t running, but the fan is set to run in the “on” position, this causes the condensation that accumulates in the unit to be pushed out into the air. Alternatively, leaving the unit in the “auto” position will give the unit periods of rest that allows the condensation and moisture to dry. This prevents the unit from pushing damp air out into the home that can carry allergens, or cause the growth of mold and mildew.
It’s also a wise decision to have an HVAC professional service your unit at the start of the season. At Thornton Heating and Cooling, we have the experience and the skills to help you maintain, repair, or install any type of HVAC unit. We understand that keeping your unit in optimum operating condition is essential during the summer months, so you can count on us to service your unit promptly. To request a service appointment, call us today!