Enjoying the spring weather is difficult if you have to endure the constant coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion caused by allergies. Pollen comes from spring flowers, and high humidity causes mold growth. These allergens easily get into your home through doors, windows, and your HVAC system. We aren’t doctors – we don’t even play one on TV – but in our experience, there are some things you can do to help.
You can avoid spring allergies and improve your indoor air quality by cleaning regularly, using an air purifier, and maintaining your heating and air conditioning system.
Regular cleaning will keep dust, dirt, pollen, mold, and other contaminants from accumulating in your home. Use a damp cloth to wipe off HVAC air registers, return vents, and ceiling fans. Clean your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans by turning off the power, removing the covers, and washing them with soapy water. To save energy as well as keep allergens out, remove any leaves, grass clippings, pollen, or other debris from the surface of your outdoor air conditioning unit.
Using an Air Purifier for Allergies
Air purifiers or air cleaners use air filters to capture allergens. Air purifiers with high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or MERV ratings can even filter some bacteria and viruses out of your indoor air. You can have a whole-home unit connected to your HVAC system by a professional or use a less expensive portable unit to improve the indoor air quality in one room or are,
Maintaining Your HVAC System
An air conditioner can keep your indoor air cool, clean, and dry as long as you maintain it to prevent problems. Have your HVAC system maintained by a professional Burns & McBride Home Comfort technician at least once per year.
Consider a Whole House Dehumidifier
Damp basements are a breeding ground for mold and unfortunately, these types of basements are common in Delaware. An Aprilaire whole house dehumidifier is a serious solution to what can be a serious problem.