If you suffer from allergies, one of the best preventative measures to alleviate discomfort is to improve your home’s HVAC system. Since people spend up to 90 percent of their lives inside, it’s important to eliminate common causes of indoor allergies.
If cooling and heating systems are not maintained properly, indoor air allergens such as animal dander, dust mites and mold spores will circulate throughout your home, triggering reactions. Furthermore, symptoms will continue to flare up until the contaminants are under control. Studies show that a proper HVAC filtration system and regular cleaning can remove up to 99 percent of all allergy-causing pollutants. There are several ways to help eliminate air impurities that can cause indoor allergies. Here are three main tips:
- Schedule Routine Maintenance: Routine maintenance for your heating and cooling appliances should be done at least once a year. Schedule an HVAC specialist to not only provide detailed cleaning but to inspect your HVAC system to confirm that your equipment is functioning correctly.
- Change Your Air Filter Regularly: High-efficiency air filters are designed to stop a variety of airborne particles, including allergens, from permeating the air in your home. If a filter is not changed regularly, it will become clogged and ineffective. Air filters should be changed as often as monthly during periods of substantial use in order to stop dust mites, animal dander and mold spores from degrading indoor air quality.
- Ducts Need Sealing: If your ductwork is not completely sealed, allergens can get into your ducts and circulate with the conditioned air. This is a particular hazard when ducts run through unconditioned spaces such as a crawl space, attic or garage, where they air is more likely to be dirty. Inspecting and sealing your ducts will reduce indoor allergies.
Controlling air quality in your home is the best way to control indoor allergies. If you have questions and concerns or need to eliminate indoor allergens, contact us at Hovland’s, Inc.We have been providing outstanding HVAC service to west-central Wisconsin since 1922.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about indoor allergy prevention and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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