Have you noticed that you’re having allergy symptoms like irritated eyes, sniffling, and sneezing more this summer?
Your home may be the culprit. Specifically, your HVAC system, which could be circulating dust throughout your home. You probably are feeling these symptoms more on account of being at home more often this summer.
Here are some solutions that can help alleviate the dustiness and help reduce your suffering.
The easiest thing to do is to change your HVAC system’s air filters regularly. You should be changing them at least once every three months. If you have pets, or if someone in your home has allergies, asthma, or respiratory conditions like COPD or emphysema, you need to change them more frequently. Check the filters at least once a month and change as needed.
Not only does this help your indoor air quality, replacing the filters also helps your HVAC system run more efficiently and reduces wear on your HVAC equipment.
On top of the dust, there may also be dirt, pollen and even mold inside your HVAC ductwork. Every time your HVAC system turns on, it’s all getting blown back into your living spaces.
Ductwork maintenance is essential. Have your ductwork professionally cleaned and inspected every three to five years.
There are also some simple things you can do.
Regularly do a thorough vacuuming all around your home, hard surfaces as well as carpeting and area rugs. Use the vacuum to suck away cobwebs, clean the crevices and between cushions of upholstered furniture, and get dust out of draperies. Vacuum registers and vents, then clean them with a damp cloth and thoroughly dry. Dust and wash walls, windows, trim, and blinds.
Another way to get rid of dust? Declutter! All that paper piled up and all your other clutter are collecting dust that’s being re-circulated every time your HVAC starts.
Look into installing indoor air quality equipment to your HVAC system.
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Written By: on July 27, 2020