North Carolina’s allergy season is upon us and if you are prone to allergies, soon your days may be filled with sneezing, coughing, and watering, itching eyes. Fortunately, there are steps you can take, like changing your air filter and keeping the windows closed, to remove common allergens from the air in your Burlington, North Carolina, home.
Regularly Change Your Air Filter
Dust and other allergens can make their way through your air vents. Your air filter is the first barrier to preventing these particles from making it into your house. But if the air filter gets clogged, the unit will eventually push these substances into your house. While experts recommend changing your air filter at least every 90 days, it may make sense to change it more often if you suffer from allergies or have pets in your household.
Some types of air filters will help reduce springtime allergies more effectively. Air filters are rated by the size of particles they filter. Small particle air filters are able to filter out smaller sized pollutants, like allergens. When choosing the right air filter, first make sure that it is compatible with your unit. If you are not sure which air filter is best for your household, consider requesting assistance from an HVAC professional.
Schedule a Tune-Up
Routine HVAC tune-ups may be more important than you think if you suffer from allergies. Regular maintenance not only optimizes your unit but can also help to reduce indoor allergens. One of the many tasks that your HVAC technician will complete when evaluating your unit is a thorough cleaning. Your HVAC technician can also check things like the humidity level of your home and how efficient your unit is at reaching your intended temperature.
You can also schedule an air quality assessment which will help you understand the current quality of your air. The first step toward improving your air quality is understanding what is currently in your air. There are additional options available, including whole-home air purifiers and UV lamps, which will help to improve the quality of your air.
Make Deep Cleaning a Priority
Many homeowners start fresh each spring with the task of spring cleaning. This task can help with reducing household allergens by eliminating germs and other allergens from your house. In addition to dusting and deep scrubbing the different parts of your home, make sure you also pay attention to the HVAC unit itself. Outdoor units can get dirty over the winter months. Remove any leaves or debris from the area around the unit when you remove the cover.
You will also want to keep the area around your indoor unit clean. Regularly dust and vacuum the area where your indoor unit is located. Also, keep in mind, removing household allergens is not a one-time job. While spring cleaning is a great way to freshen your house after the winter months, consistent cleaning and dusting are important to avoid common allergens year-round.
Keep Outside Allergens Out
After a long winter, it can be tempting to open all the windows and let the fresh air in. However, this task can significantly affect your spring allergies. Outdoor allergies can affect you more in the confined space of your house. Many weather channels monitor allergens in the air so you know when it is safe to open the windows and doors.
Your shoes can track allergens in and make your allergies worse, especially if you have carpeted surfaces. Make it a habit to remove your shoes immediately when entering your house, or just outside the door. Vacuum carpeted surfaces frequently and choose a vacuum cleaner that has a small particle or high-efficiency particulate air filter.
If you are prone to allergies, springtime in North Carolina can be miserable. By changing your air filter regularly, scheduling frequent tune-ups, and dusting often, you can beat this year’s allergy season and enjoy the beautiful spring weather in North Carolina. Call us at Air Treatment, Inc. today at 336-790-3206 to discuss additional ways you can beat the spring allergy season.
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