Sniffing, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing — spring allergies look and feel a little different for everyone. The one constant: you hate them and you'd do almost anything to get some relief. Here's some news: your HVAC system can play a big part in solving or worsening your spring allergies.
Just like your fingerprints, your allergies are unique to you. However, we have a variety of solutions — both DIY and professional — that you can use to make sure your HVAC system keeps your spring allergies in check.
Reducing Spring Allergies: Steps You Can Take
Spring is the allergy season for a reason. The pollen that sets flowers into bloom also sets your allergies ablaze. Inside or outside, you are susceptible.
Many of those spring pollens that lead to all that sneezing and sniffing are airborne. So your HVAC is the perfect place to mount your defense against those pesky spring allergies.
Here's how you can take charge: Replace your filters regularly
Your HVAC system air filters can only clean the air so much before they become clogged. A clogged filter no longer does its job. You need to change your air filters regularly to keep your home air healthy. Changing your filters every three to four months on average is sufficient for most homeowners.
If you're noticing that your spring allergies are on overdrive, check your filter — you might be surprised by what you find.
Replace your filters more regularly than usual
Changing your filters every three to four months works for most homeowners. However, every home and every set of spring allergies is different. You may find that during the spring you need to change your filters more often than other times during the year.
Filters are fairly cheap — and anything that keeps your spring allergies under control is good in our book.
Keep debris out of/away from your AC unit
While your HVAC systems have built-in filters to keep the air clean, you can do yourself a favor by keeping your outdoor AC unit clear of plants and debris. Leaving excess plants or blockages around your AC system can leave you air stuffy and full of allergens to boot.
At One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Southeast Pennsylvania, AC tuneups can keep your AC running — and running efficiently to boot. In addition to those big picture benefits, the basic AC cleaning can keep your AC clean as well as powerful.
Install a MicroPower Guard
This powerhouse air cleaning system makes your air healthier any time of the year. However, since spring brings the greatest volume of indoor air pollution, the need for MicroPower Guard is greatest right now.
An average filter (that has been changed frequently) is sufficient for many people. However, those average filters don't even come close to the MicroPower Guard.
- An average filter pulls about 50% of the particles out of the air
- A MicroPower Guard pulls 97% of particles out of the air
Long story short: if you're suffering from spring allergies and the DIY approach isn't helping you, bring out One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Southeast Pennsylvania to discuss a MicroPower Guard.
Fight Year-Round Allergies with Professional Duct Cleaning
Sometimes spring allergies aren't the catalyst behind your sneezing, sniffing, itching, and wheezing. If you have dusty, never-cleaned air ducts, you may be living in a dusty allergy epicenter.
Unfortunately, if you have filthy air ducts, there is no DIY option. You may need some professional spring cleaning. A professional air duct cleaning can mean you enjoy a healthier home — and fewer allergies — year-round.
Contact One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® of Southeast Pennsylvania to discuss an AC tuneup, MicroPower Guard, and professional air duct cleaning.