Improving Your Indoor Air During Allergy Season
Sealing yourself indoors during allergy season might seem like a great idea, but if the indoor air quality is also polluted with pesky contaminants, you’ll still suffer from sniffles, sneezes, headaches and watery eyes. Follow these simple tips to ensure your family is breathing healthy indoor air this summer:
Keep the Dust Down
Immediately improve air quality by cleaning or replacing the HVAC filters. When dirt, dust and pollen clog the filter, pollutants are actually pushed back into your home. For the best protection, choose a filter that is recommended for your particular HVAC system, and change it monthly during heavy use. Since mildew and dry air also irritates airways, attack mold growth with bleach, drain any standing water and keep the indoor humidity between 30 percent and 50 percent.
Spring Clean the HVAC Ducts
HVAC ducts that have sprung leaks or have loose-fitting connections quickly fill with dust, dander, pollen and other irritating particles. These pollutants are pushed back into your home through the vents. A professional inspection pinpoints any problem areas that need sealing while a seasonal cleaning will eliminate any blockages from years of buildup. As an added bonus, you’ll likely notice a difference in your monthly energy bills since ductwork leaks account for a 20 percent loss in efficiency.
Install Premium Air Quality Products
If you have severe allergies, then our HVAC technicians can recommend modifications to your unit that could drastically improve air quality. Energy Star products, such as Bryant air purifiers, HEPA filters and germicidal UV lamps zap or trap airborne microscopic organisms that cause and exacerbate allergy symptoms.
Contact Aaron & Trecker Heating and Air Conditioning at (847) 307-8398 to set up your annual summer cleaning maintenance appointment and request an indoor air quality assessment. Our NATE-certified HVAC technicians can make personalized recommendations on which air purifiers, ventilators or humidifiers will create the healthiest environment in your Lake Zurich home.