3 Ways To Reduce Allergies Through HVAC Maintenance
Your HVAC system is the part of your home that provides ventilation and circulation to every room in the building in addition to offering climate control capabilities. This means that your HVAC system plays a massive role in determining the air quality within your home.
If you suffer from allergies and have noticed that your symptoms seem to be getting worse no matter how much cleaning you do inside your home, you may want to consider performing some basic HVAC maintenance tasks in order to reduce the number of contaminants that your system spreads throughout your home.
1. Vent and Filter Cleaning
The easiest way to reduce the amount of dust and other small contaminants within your home is to clean out your HVAC system's vents. These vents can quickly become clogged with dust and lint, which can then send debris flying into the air as soon as your HVAC system's fans turn on. Be sure to do more than simply wiping down the front: you can unscrew the vents from their installation and clean the interior as well to remove stubborn dust that is not accessible from the front.
However, if you want to reduce the amount of dust that manages to get into your ductwork and vents, you should also take care to replace your HVAC system's air filters regularly. Both your furnace and air conditioner make use of an air filter to prevent dust and other debris from circulating: as that filter gets older and more clogged, the risk of things slipping through greatly increases.
2. Reduce Humidity
Another reason why you may be experiencing allergy symptoms, especially if it is out of season, is because of mold growth in your home due to high levels of humidity. This can easily take place in your vents and ductwork unseen and unnoticed. The best thing to do to remove mold is to have a professional come in for a duct cleaning: however, if you want to proactively reduce the risk of mold taking hold in your home, you may want to invest in a dehumidifier to reduce ambient moisture.
3. Clean the Condenser
Specifically for air conditioning systems, you'll want to inspect the condenser, which is the external part of your system, to ensure that plants have not grown too close to the sides. Plants and other debris which collect near the condenser can increase the risk of pollen, dust, dirt, and other debris from being pulled into your system.
Beyond potentially causing damage to the condenser and restricting air flow, which will, in turn, hamper how effective your air conditioner is, this will also release more contaminants into your home's air supply, potentially causing your allergy symptoms to flare up chronically.
For more information, contact a company like Mitchell Plumbing & Heating Inc.