Fall can be a brutal season for allergy sufferers. Ragweed, mold, pollen and dust mites are some of the allergy triggers that they have to deal with. Fortunately, you can fight off fall allergens in your home by improving your indoor air quality. Here’s what you should do.
Mold and dust mites thrive in moist environments. Install exhaust fans that vent to the outside of your house in moisture-prone areas, like the bathroom and kitchen, to remove excessive moisture. You can also control humidity levels in your entire house with a whole-home dehumidifier.
It is advisable to install new air filters in the fall, especially before starting the furnace for the first time. Air filters have an MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating. A higher rating indicates greater effectiveness in capturing fine allergens and particulates. Go for a filter with a MERV rating between 8 and 12. As time goes by, the filter will become dirty and clogged. Change your air filter every one or two months.
Cleaning your house is an excellent way of controlling indoor allergens. Vacuum your home regularly, including all rugs, carpets, drapes, furniture and under the beds. Dust surfaces using a damp towel and wash your pillows and bedding in hot water every week.
One of the best ways to complement your indoor air quality efforts is by installing a whole-house air purifier. It works alongside your central heating and cooling system to remove small particles of dirt, dust and allergens. When shopping, look for a purifier that uses HEPA filtration and doesn’t emit any ozone.
Schedule a Tune Up
Dust, grime and allergens can accumulate inside your HVAC system and prevent it from operating at maximum efficiency. Schedule a tune up to improve your system’s efficiency and ensure that it circulates clean, healthy air throughout your home.
Fall is the ideal time to take steps that will keep your home safe and comfortable for the upcoming winter season. For more indoor air quality tips, contact Aggressive Mechanical Contractors. We serve the Monmouth County area.
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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