If you’re one of the 50 million people in the United States that suffer from nasal allergies, you know how hard it can be to find relief from the sneezing, stuffy nose and itchy, watery eyes. But while allergy symptoms may seem inevitable, improving the indoor air quality in your home could help.
When it comes to allergies, your air conditioning system is an important factor in the fight against those annoying symptoms. Want to learn more? Here are five ways your HVAC system can help you stave off allergies.
1. Replace Your HVAC Filters
Air filters clog up after a few months of capturing dirt, dust, and air pollutants. It’s important to replace the filters regularly to prevent your unit from blowing allergens back into your home. Installing specialized high-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) filters will capture even more allergens and bacteria and help prevent sniffles, sneezing and watery eyes.
2. Dehumidify Your Home
High humidity breeds mold and mildew, causing allergy outbreaks in homes across Central Florida and beyond. If you see fog forming on the windows, it’s a sign that the humidity levels have risen. Mold thrives in moist environments, making Central Florida’s warm and humid summers a breeding ground for mold spores.
Nearly everyone has some sort of allergic response to mold spores, which can easily become airborne and inhaled by you and others in your home. When functioning efficiently, your air conditioning system will remove excess moisture from the air. Dehumidifying not only keeps you more comfortable, but it also reduces the potential for mold growth in your home.
4. Fight Dust Mites
Like mold, dust mites thrive in high humidity. As your air conditioner helps to keep humidity at bay, your dust mite population will decrease. Why is this important? When many people think of dust mites, they feel repulsed, but the problem with these pests goes beyond the repulsion factor. Proteins in the waste products from these tiny mites are a common trigger for respiratory allergies. When you want to control dust mites, controlling humidity levels in your home is the first thing to do.
5. Filter Out Pollen and Other Harmful Allergens
Your air conditioning system filters your home’s air, leaving it clean and free of pollutants. But your system can only do so if it is maintained on a regular basis. Having a professional HVAC technician service your air conditioning system at least once per year coupled with changing the air filter each month will ensure your home’s air is as clean as possible.
Contact Energy Air to Help You Fight Allergy Season
You don’t have to live with allergens anymore. Contact Energy Air for a professional HVAC inspection. Our team will diagnose your system and create the ideal solution for improving the air quality in your home. Call or go online to contact an Energy Air specialist, and start breathing easier.