When it comes to controlling allergies, one of the last methods of control you might look to is your home's heating and cooling system. However, your system plays a major role in how effectively you can manage indoor allergens. If you suffer from allergies, here are some maintenance tips you can take to ensure your HVAC system is not contributing to your allergies.
Watch for Mold and Mildew
Mold and mildew can exacerbate your allergies and potentially lead to more serious health problems. Unfortunately, your heating and cooling system can sometimes help aid in the spread of mold and mildew. When there is mold growing within the system, it can push spores into the air. When you inhale them, your symptoms can worsen.
To avoid this, you should inspect your system for signs of mold or mildew. Pay close attention to the drip pan, coils, and the ducts. If you notice mold, you can remove it yourself if there are small amounts of it. Remember to disinfect the area to prevent it from recurring. If there is a large amount, consider calling in a professional to eradicate the problem.
You can also use a dehumidifier to help control the humidity and lower the chances of mold or mildew developing. When you shower, be sure to turn on the exhaust fan to help control the moisture in the air.
Upgrade Your Filters
Your ability to prevent dust and debris from entering the air from the heating and cooling system is only as good as your filters. Unless you have already upgraded your system's filter, there is a good chance that you do not have the best filter possible to prevent an aggravation of your allergies.
To drastically lower the dust and debris from your system, upgrade the filters. Filters that have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, that is on the higher end will help to keep a larger share of dust out. The higher the rating is, the smaller the holes are on the filter.
In addition to upgrading your filter, you also need to make sure you are cleaning the filter on a regular basis. To help reduce the dust that can get into your system, make sure you are dusting and vacuuming the area around the indoor unit.
To learn more ways to keep your heating and cooling system on your side in the fight against allergies, talk to an HVAC company such as Air Cool AC Inc.