Fighting fall allergies starts with your heating and air system
Want to know your first (and best) line of defense against poor indoor air quality and uncomfortable temperatures? Well, your HVAC system of course. Heat pumps, air conditioners, gas furnaces and air handlers all have components that can greatly improve the quality of your indoor air and, of course, make your home as comfortable as possible.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, your HVAC system is particularly important. Intense allergies can really put a damper on some of the nicest weather of the year – spring and fall. Here are ways in which your heating and air conditioning system can really help your indoor air quality.
- Air filters. All of the air that makes it into your home goes through a filter. A dirty filter is not going to be able to filter our those harmful particles as effectively as a clean one. So, make sure you are regularly changing your filter, or (if you have a permanent filter) you are taking it outside to clean it.
- Clean ducts. After your treated air goes through the filter, it enters your ducts. It’s important that your ducts are clean so that harmful particles don’t piggy back and make it into your home. Schedule a duct cleaning appointment with a contractor so that this does not happen.
- A properly maintained unit… can filter and condition your air more effectively. Schedule furnace preventative maintenance in the fall to make sure it is in tip top shape.
- Indoor air quality products. You can also enhance air filtration power by adding indoor air quality systems like air cleaners. This can get even the tiniest particles out of your indoor air and helps you breathe easier.
These are just a few ways that your heating and air system helps battle nasty indoor air.
What do you do to make sure that your indoor air stays as fresh as possible?