Springtime is in full bloom, and with our lovely, San Bernardino weather comes time to enjoy the great outdoors. However, as new plants grow, they release pollen, causing millions of Americans with seasonal allergies to sniffle and sneeze. Proper HVAC care can make all the difference for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Here’s how you can minimize the effects of spring allergies by promoting good indoor air quality and how Ballard can help.
Shut out allergens
An easy way to protect your indoor air from pollen and other allergens is to keep your windows and doors closed. If you must open them, use screens to filter the spread of pollen. After spending time outside, shower and change clothes to avoid bringing allergens into your home. When doing laundry, avoid leaving your clothes outside to dry, and use your dryer instead.
Dust registers and return air vents
Over time, rust, dirt, and allergens can accumulate on your home’s registers and return air vents. These particles circulate through your ductwork and into your home’s air, contributing to the effects of seasonal allergies. Fortunately, you can avoid this by cleaning your home’s registers and return air vents often. Use a damp cloth to thoroughly clean registers and vents of dust and other allergens.
Install a high-quality air filter and change it regularly
An air filter is an essential yet often overlooked component of a healthy home. HVAC air filters act as lightweight barriers that trap dust, dirt, and other allergens from entering the indoor air you breathe. Consider investing in a high-quality air filter to promote good indoor air quality. Be sure to change your air filter regularly to ensure your HVAC system runs properly. It is recommended that air filters be changed every 30 to 60 days.
Clear your outdoor unit of debris
Now that you’ve attended to your indoor HVAC unit, it’s time to clean your outdoor unit, which pulls air from the outside into your home. Over time, dust and debris gathered around your outdoor unit can be swept into your indoor air. Clean your outdoor unit of debris by sweeping or vacuuming around it. This will prevent allergens from circulating into your home, promoting good air quality, and reducing your family’s seasonal allergy symptoms. For your safety, be sure to turn off the power to your HVAC system before cleaning.
Schedule an appointment for annual cleaning
A properly functioning HVAC unit will filter clean air through your home. Schedule an appointment for your annual HVAC cleaning to ensure that your system runs efficiently. Annual HVAC maintenance done by a professional can cut energy bills, extend the life of your system and ensure proper indoor air quality.
Ensure your families’ comfort this allergy season by scheduling an appointment for HVAC maintenance. For professional service that you can trust, call Ballard at 909-297-1914 today!