How often do we fail to notice the simple solutions right under our noses?
Especially when those solutions affect our noses?
It’s allergy season, and while pesky allergies can be the biggest pain, you may be missing simple answers to the problem. We’ve come up with these six suggestions to keep allergens at bay:
- Use the right kind of HVAC filter. Your first line of defense for home air quality, HVAC filters do require some attention. Be sure that you are using the right type of filter, as the wrong filter can lead to the same issues as having a dirty one.
- Change your filter frequently. A dirty air filter results in pressure drop, which reduces the airflow – eventually leading to no air infiltration at all. As a homeowner, you should change it every three months, but more frequently if you have pets; consider doing so sooner if you’re already struggling with allergies. Check with your HVAC installer for instructions on proper replacement procedure
- Clean your registers and vents. To avoid spreading dust particles, use a wet rag or a microfiber dust cloth to clean out the vents and registers.
- Clean debris from the outdoor unit. Do this as often as possible to keep external allergens out of your home.
- Check for mold. Though not all of them are allergens, there are hundreds of types of molds. This step is worth the time investment on the front end, before mold is left to run rampant in your home. Every few weeks, examine the ducts, condensate drip-pan and drains, evaporator coils, and air handler for signs of mold.
- Schedule an HVAC tune-up. Plan for this twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, when allergies tend to flare up the most. Call Cook’s at 336.969.6576 to schedule your next appointment!
There are several things you as the homeowner can do to maintain a healthy and functional filtration system in your home. For all the rest, leave it to Cook’s Heating and Cooling. We are your one-stop solution to knock out pesky allergens from your home.