It’s that time again — allergy season! Pollen and ragweed are in the air, causing watery eyes, runny noses, and other torturous symptoms that you’ll live with for the next few weeks. What can you do about it? Here are a few allergy tips to help you stop sneezing this year.
- Get a good HVAC filter. Your HVAC filter eliminates dust, pollen, mold, and other allergens from the air. The better quality filter you have, the wider variety and higher volume of contaminants will be removed. Check the MERV rating to determine the filter quality, and get one rated between 9 and 12, for superior residential filtering. Be sure to change your filter every three months or so to maintain its effectiveness.
- Get a whole house air purifier. If your allergies are severe and your regular HVAC system isn’t enough, you might consider investing in a separate air purifier. A filter with a MERV rating higher than 12 would damage an ordinary HVAC system. But air purifiers are designed for these high efficiency MERV filters, which can eliminate bacteria and viruses, cigarette smoke, and more.
- Dust your vents. You probably already dust regularly to eliminate allergens. But most people forget to dust the HVAC registers and return vents. Buildup of dust there will be blown back into your home whenever you run the system, negating all the other dusting you did. Dust the registers first, using a damp rag.
- Check for mold. Mold is one of the most harmful allergens out there, especially in humid areas. Check your HVAC system every few weeks — ducts, drip pan, and evaporator coils — for mold buildup. For larger mold problems, call an HVAC professional.
- Get annual HVAC maintenance. One of the most important allergy tips is to schedule your annual HVAC maintenance appointment. Your HVAC technician will thoroughly check your system to ensure it’s running smoothly, is free of dust and other blockages, and doing its part to eliminate allergens from your home.
For more allergy tips for the coming season, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We’ve served Monmouth County’s HVAC needs since 1948.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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