Maintaining your HVAC unit properly is a great way to remove allergens in your home and keep new allergens from entering the air that you and your family breathe. Here are our top 5 tips on how to maintain your HVAC unit and lower your chances of suffering from indoor allergens.
- Get rid of debris around your outdoor unit. Your outdoor AC unit pulls air from outside through your HVAC system, and that air circulates through your home. It is important to go to your outside unit and check for dust and debris, and remove it, to keep it from being pulled into your home.
- Purchase high quality furnace filters. Investing in high quality furnace filters is a great way to fight against air quality in your home. Filters with a higher rating are able to trap more particles, which can help to reduce indoor allergens. Also, be sure to check and replace your filters every three months. A dirty furnace filter will make your system less efficient.
- Check for mold. It is important to check for signs of mold in and around your home every few weeks. Mold thrives in humid and moist environments, so basements and spots outside that collect water are important places to check. Make sure to look at your ducts, condensation drain, evaporator coils, and the air handler. If you do find mold in your home it is advised to call a professional to take care of the issue, as mold can cause illness.
- Schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment. If you suspect that allergens in your home are causing allergy symptoms, it may be a good idea to schedule a maintenance appointment with a professional. Even preventative maintenance is an important part of keeping your system running efficiently and reducing indoor allergens.
- Always dust registers and return vents first. It is common to dust popular areas in your home once a week, however it is easy to forget about dusting registers and return vents. These vents are what circulate all of the air from your HVAC system into your home, so if they are dusty, your home will continue to stay dusty. Always dust these areas first, then the rest of your home.
If you’re suffering from allergy symptoms due to indoor allergens, take these tips to help make your home a cleaner and more comfortable place to spend the fall and winter season. If you’re ready to get an HVAC maintenance appointment scheduled or have any questions, give us a call at (502)805-1790.