Focus On Your HVAC To Free Yourself From Allergens

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Itchy and watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, and a runny nose are all common symptoms of allergies. If you are part of the 50 million Americans who suffer with allergies, you may be using numerous nasal sprays, eye drops, and medications to find relief. While they may be effective, these medications can cause uncomfortable side effects. Fortunately, you can reduce your allergy symptoms at home without using medication.

Maintaining your home's heating and cooling system can help improve your indoor air quality, which removes allergens from the home while easing your symptoms. Using these tips and the help of your heating and cooling contractor, you can protect your home's system and reduce the discomfort of your allergies.

Ducts

It may not be easily seen when you are inside the home, but your ductwork is an imperative part of the heating and air conditioning system. This complicated system is located in the ceilings, crawlspace, attic, and walls of your home. Its primary purpose is to move conditioned air from the main unit into your home. Unfortunately, dirt, dust, dander, and pollen can also be moved into the home through the ductwork.

If you suffer with allergies, removing the allergens from the ductwork before they flow into your home's air is smart. Contractors can use high-powered vacuums with HEPA filters to suction out the dirt, dust, and dander from your ductwork. This reduces the amount of debris that comes into the home, but the duct cleaning service also improves your system's efficiency.

During the air duct cleaning service, contractors can also inspect your ductwork for signs of mold or asbestos. Both mold and asbestos are dangerous to the environment and your health. If either mold or asbestos contaminates your air, you will experience severe breathing issues and inflammation of the skin and eyes.

You may think the cost of a duct cleaning service is too high, but the estimated $300 to $700 expense is a great investment if you suffer with allergies.

Filters

Your heating and air system also uses a series of filters, which trap dirt, dust, and other debris before it enters the home. If these filters become clogged, your system will struggle to heat and cool your home in an energy efficient manner. Of course, dirty, clogged filters will also allow allergens to escape, affecting your indoor air quality while increasing your allergy symptoms.

While surprising to learn, your system uses multiple filters that should all be replaced.

To get started replacing your filters, locate the return grills inside your home. These grills may be on the walls or ceiling in various parts of your home. Use your hands to pop the grill cover off the return before replacing the dirty filter with a new one. Use a vacuum attachment to suction away any dirt and dust that has accumulated around the return opening, as well.

You should also replace the filter located in your air handler. If your home has a vertical air handler, search for the filter's opening below the unit. If your home uses a horizontal air handler, locate the air duct on the side of the unit. Remove the old filter from the air duct and replace with a new, clean model.

Many homeowners have their heating and cooling system serviced seasonally. However, replacing your filters once a month is best if you suffer with the uncomfortable symptoms of allergies.  

You may visit your doctor regularly for prescription medications to ease your allergy symptoms, but finding relief in a natural manner is possible. By focusing your energy on maintaining your heating and cooling system, you can improve the indoor air quality of your home and ensure your home is conditioned in an efficient manner.

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18 August 2016

Streamline Your HVAC System

As a DIY enthusiast, I started doing everything I could to make my household appliances more effective then ever before. I insulated my attic, worked on cleaning the vents around my kitchen appliances, and eventually turned my attention to my air conditioner and furnace. Unfortunately, the process of taking care of my HVAC system was more intense than I had originally anticipated. I realized that I needed to read about air conditioners and furnaces before I started tinkering around. I made this blog to showcase all kinds of different articles that talk about HVAC, so that you can become a more informed homeowner.