It’s the time of year when you start obsessing over the pollen count. Even when you stay indoors, your allergies still flare up. Fortunately, with some simple steps, you can get allergy relief with the help of your air conditioner.
#1 Change the Air Conditioner Filter
The air conditioner filter serves many purposes, including the capture of indoor air pollutants like pollen, dust mites, and mold spores. If the air filter gets clogged, it won’t be nearly as efficient at removing those tiny allergy producing particles. Change or clean the filter at least once a month.
#2 Keep the Windows and Doors Shut
You need to keep outdoor allergens out of the house. You also need to manage the humidity level inside the house. Accomplishing these goals are easier when you keep the windows and doors shut. While you might enjoy a bit of fresh air in the mornings, it’s best to do that in cooler months when humidity levels and pollen count are lower and when things aren’t blooming as much.
#3 Have Your Ducts Cleaned
If you live in an older home, you need to look inside the air ducts and see if they might need to be cleaned. Over time, dust can accumulate inside air ducts. That dust includes the pollen, dust mites, and mold spores that trigger allergies. Every time the air conditioner runs, the air captures some of those particles and blows them into the air. A professional duct cleaning can remove years of accumulation.
#4 Use Exhaust Fans in the Bathroom and Kitchen
Cooking and bathing are the two largest producers of humidity inside the house. High levels of humidity encourage the growth of mold and dust mites. To reduce the humidity levels caused by these activities, use the exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms to expel the excess moisture. Don’t forge to turn them off.
#5 Have Your A/C Unit Serviced
A well-maintained air conditioning unit can remove excess moisture efficiently, while also keeping your home at a comfortable temperature. At least once a year, you need to
have an HVAC technician perform routine maintenance and make any adjustments needed. During the service, the tech should clean the coils inside the unit, which also improve air quality.
#6 Dust Your Vents and Registers
An obvious way to improve allergy relief is to keep the house clean. The first thing you should do when you start to clean a room is to dust the vents and registers in the room. You don’t want captured dust and allergens to get spread all over the room after you just gave it a good clean. Use a damp cloth to avoid spreading it during the cleaning process.
#7 Improve the Air Quality in Your Home
Air quality inside your home can be much worse than what is outdoors. That’s because the air inside accumulates allergens and pollutants, and they have nowhere to go. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions available to remove those particulates making it easier to breathe. From advanced air filters to whole house air purifiers, you can find an effective solution for your home.
These simple steps will help reduce the pollen count inside your home and make it easier to breathe. If you need your A/C serviced or want to improve the air quality in your home, call Action Cooling and Hеаtіng today. We proudly serve our neighbors in Sebring and surrounding communities.