How to Use Your HVAC System to Reduce Allergies

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If you are one of the millions of people affected by allergies every year, here are some tips on how you can use your HVAC system to ease your symptoms:

Replace your air filter 

Your HVAC system’s air filter is its first line of defense against pollen, dust, pet dander, and mold. A dirty air filter is unable to trap these allergens properly and can allow these particles to blow around inside your home. Check your air filter once per month and replace it when necessary.

Keep a regular cleaning schedule 

We bring allergens into our home in all kinds of ways – on our clothes, shoes, pets’ hair, and children just to name a few. Keep dust, pollen, and pet dander under control by cleaning surfaces and vacuuming regularly.

Dust return vents and registers 

Regularly clean return vents and registers to prevent the buildup of dust and other irritants. Keep these areas clean because they circulate the air from your HVAC system around your home.

Clean around the indoor and outdoor HVAC unit 

Clean any dirt, debris, and dust away from the indoor and outdoor unit because it can be pulled into your system and circulate throughout your home.

Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment 

With Spring right around the corner, now is a great time to schedule preventative maintenance on your unit. A properly maintained HVAC system will improve the level of comfort and quality of air inside your home and help reduce allergens. Additionally, regular maintenance keeps your system running efficiently and can catch issues before they turn into major repairs.

Control humidity 

It is important to maintain a consistent humidity level inside your home to keep allergy and asthma symptoms at bay. Humid air can cause mold and mildew which can produce spores that aggravate symptoms. Dry air can cause allergens and pollutants to hang in the air longer, causing a build-up of particles in your home.

Combat humidity by installing a whole-home humidifier. These accessories are installed as part of your home’s current heating and cooling system and are used to control the humidity levels throughout your entire home.

Purify Indoor air 

Adding a whole-home air purifier to your current HVAC system is a great overall solution to improve indoor quality. An air purifier helps remove additional allergens and airborne contaminants along with your HVAC system’s air filter.

Install a UV light 

UV lights are designed to be mounted in the ductwork or installed on your air handler to control germs and allergens.  They kill living microorganisms like viruses and work best when used with a high-quality air filter.

Call the professionals 

Take advantage of the benefits your HVAC system can offer when it comes to reducing your allergy symptoms!

Burkholder’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. of Emmaus, PA is a company that can meet all your heating and cooling needs. We offer indoor air quality solutions and preventative maintenance appointments, so your home is as free of allergens as possible. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment.