Air ConditioningMarch 2, 2024

Breathe Easy This Spring with Routine HVAC Maintenance

Those birds are chirping, and the Carolina sunshine is weaving its enchantment. The gentle warm mountain breezes are beginning to make their presence felt. However, alongside this delightful transition, the inevitable arrival of the yellow-green haze known as pollen is also underway. While many eagerly await the onset of spring, those with allergies may approach the season with a sense of apprehension. Fortunately, your HVAC system can serve as a formidable ally in the fight against allergens. In this guide, we’ll delve into crucial tips for navigating the allergy season with routine HVAC maintenance, ensuring that your indoor air remains allergen-free.

What Can Your HVAC System Do to Help Block Allergens in Your Home?

Well, there are quite a few things that you can do, mostly just by leveraging your HVAC system. Plus, if you want to hold off on the allergy medication for a day or two, check out these tips on how to leverage your HVAC unit.

Routine Preventive Maintenance

The primary defense against allergens involves maintaining your HVAC system in optimal condition. However, you can schedule regular maintenance checks to guarantee clean filters, debris-free ducts, and the efficient functioning of all components. A well-maintained system not only enhances indoor air quality but also promotes the efficient operation of your HVAC system.

Upgrade Your Air Filters

Consider enhancing your air filters with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters or other advanced filtration systems. HEPA filters excel at capturing even the minutest particles, including pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. Plus, check compatibility and performance and change them regularly. ALL WAYS Heating & Air recommends monthly filter replacements to minimize dust accumulation.

Utilize UV Lights and Air Purifiers

Complement your HVAC system with UV lights or air purifiers. Germicidal UV lights can reduce bacteria and mold growth on and around the indoor coil, preventing harmful particles from becoming airborne. Air purifiers equipped with a MERV 15 filter trap 95% of pathogens, pet dander, and dust, contributing to cleaner indoor air.

Maintain Consistent Humidity Levels

Allergens thrive in high-humidity environments. While spring is generally less humid than summer, some April and May days can be muggy. Employ a dehumidifier to maintain optimal humidity levels, which should be around 30 to 50%, and discourage mold and dust mite growth. For personalized solutions, consult an ALL WAYS Heating & Air comfort specialist, who can provide whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

Seal Leaks and Gaps in Your Ductwork or Replace Them

Prevent outdoor allergens from infiltrating your home through leaky ductwork, doors, and windows. Resealing ductwork not only keeps allergens at bay but also contributes to energy savings.

Ventilation Strategies

Leverage HVAC system ventilation features, including exhaust fans, to enhance air circulation. Proper ventilation removes stagnant air, introduces fresh outdoor air, and dilutes indoor pollutants and allergens.

Successfully navigating allergy season involves vigilance in maintaining your home environment. Harnessing the capabilities of your HVAC system is a key strategy to keep allergies in check. Also, implementing the above suggestions year-round ensures a breath of fresh air throughout every season.

Finally, if you want to explore how ALL WAYS Heating & Air can assist you this allergy season, reach out to us. Our comfort specialists are ready to guide you on how your HVAC system can benefit your home, potentially leading to savings as well.