For a good number of people, fall comes with issues such as nasal congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, and itchy noses. Fall allergies are not just an outdoor problem but also one that can affect people inside their homes. The good news is that there are several steps you can take to help improve indoor air quality and ensure your loved ones breathe easy.
Change furnace filters
The air filters in heating and cooling systems are designed to capture pollen, dust, and pet dander in the air. To keep your systems working efficiently, air filters have to be changed every two to three months. However, allergy sufferers should consider changing them every four to six weeks to ensure they are clean during allergy season. Changing furnace filters is particularly important if you have a shedding pet at home.
Invest in the proper ventilation
Proper air circulation helps to keep the air in your home clean and reduce the chances of allergic reactions. Some homes may have inadequate ventilation in areas like the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. An expert will help you establish whether the heat and moisture from your appliances are being ventilated properly. You can also upgrade the ventilation in your attic and crawl spaces to discourage mold and bacteria growth.
Clean and repair air ducts
After some time, dirt, dust, debris, and hair will accumulate in your air ducts. Leaky air ducts may also provide a channel through which airborne molds and allergens make their way into your home. Cleaning, maintaining, and repairing your air ducts every fall will help improve air quality and lower your utility bills and will go a long way in reducing fall allergies.
Keep humidity levels stable
High humidity levels can encourage the growth of mold. On the other hand, dry air can allow small particles and other airborne irritants to hang in the air. You can use your HVAC system and humidifier or dehumidifier to maintain humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent.
Reduce allergens at the source
Reducing allergens at the source is one of the simplest and most effective ways to deal with fall allergies. Vacuum frequently to keep your home clean and reduce exposure to various allergens. Some of the areas you should focus on are couch cushions, the carpet, bedding, and other surfaces throughout the house. Lastly, consider installing air cleaners and UV lights with your heating system.
Working with a professional HVAC company can help you keep your family safe and healthy. Gagne is experienced in the maintenance and repair of HVAC systems so your family can breathe clean, filtered air. Contact us today to request our quality services!