3 Clean Air Tips for Breathing Easier This Spring
Spring is an exciting season for new beginnings, plant growth, and flowers. The downside to the freshly blooming blossoms is that their arrival also marks the beginning of the dreaded allergy season. Itchy eyes, itchy throats, and running noses are all symptoms of spring allergies.
Homeowners can take steps to improve indoor air quality and prevent the allergy-inducing effects of spring pollen. Proper ventilation and cleaning can go a long way in preventing allergy attacks at home. Here are three HVAC expert-approved indoor air quality tips for helping seasonal allergies.
Open Windows to Improve Circulation
Some homeowners may think that the only way to prevent allergies from spring pollen at home is to keep the outdoor air shut out behind closed doors and windows, but the opposite may be true. On warm, breezy spring days, it can be very beneficial for the indoor air quality to leave the windows open and let fresh air in.
Allergens such as dust, pollen, and animal hair can become trapped inside the home, constantly recirculating through the HVAC unit. Changing the air filter on time can help prevent airborne allergens in the house, but consistently running the AC unit can lead to high utility bills and stress on the system.
Opening the windows to allow for the natural circulation of fresh air from outdoors can help to keep the air inside of the home clean, cool, and comfortable for breathing. In moderate spring weather, homeowners can shut off the air conditioning for the day, open the windows, turn on the ceiling fans, and enjoy better air quality.
Air Filter Replacement
Air filters are placed over the air intake of the HVAC unit to filter out airborne contaminants, allergens, and particles. Without an air filter, particles of dust, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants will be sucked into the unit. Most HVAC maintenance is best left to a qualified professional, but changing the air filter is one step that homeowners can do themselves to keep their unit in ideal condition.
For most homes, air filter replacement needs to be done every three months, but replacing the air filter monthly during allergy season can help to prevent allergens from recirculating in the air through the AC unit.
Some air filters are better than others for preventing allergic reactions. Homeowners may want to consider investing in some heavy-duty air filters designed to filter out tiny particles of allergens in the air to get through allergy season.
Do Some Spring Cleaning
Allergic reactions to flower and tree pollen may affect some people more than others based on genetics. However, dust is a universal allergen that can cause allergic reactions in anyone. When suffering from spring allergies, dust in the home only further aggravates allergic reactions.
Thorough cleaning can help homeowners rid the home of allergens. During the cold winter months, houses are usually shut off from the outdoors to keep warm air inside. By springtime, dust may have accumulated from the lack of ventilation. In addition to opening the windows to let fresh air in and old air out, regularly dusting the home’s surfaces can help prevent allergies.
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