Spring is here, flowers are blooming, and the days are getting warmer. However, for many people spring signals the start of allergy season. But what many people do not know is that their central air conditioning can actually aggravate their allergies.
Typically, air conditioning units operate in closed environments and recycle the air to keep a home cool and comfortable. This recirculation of air can also recirculate pollen, dust, and other air contaminants, which creates a tough environment for people who suffer from allergies.
Luckily, there are many ways to reduce the allergen content in your home. Here are a few things you can do to help the allergy sufferers in your home:
- Have air ducts professionally cleaned. HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) professionals will be able to clean air ducts, inspect the unit for leaks and eliminate any existing allergens. As the air is recirculated, it will be cleaner and healthier.
- Change air filters regularly. Air filters are designed to catch airborne containments as the A/C system pulls indoor air back into the system to be cooled and recirculated. If the filter is dirty, it will continue to recirculate dirty air.
- Keep windows closed and fans off. It may be hard on those nice sunny days, but keeping your windows closed will help keep your home clean of pollen and dirt. Try to minimize fan usage as well. Fans stir up dirt and allergens that have already settled and sends them back into the air, allowing the air conditioner to recirculate them.
- Clean regularly. A clean home is an important factor in air cleanliness. It’s especially important to wash things you use regularly like bedding and towels, as well as remembering to wipe down household surfaces with disinfectant. Pets can also be a source of allergens in the home, so make sure to bathe your household pets frequently.
These are just a few examples of what you can be doing to help provide relief to the allergy sufferers in your home this season. For more information, check out additional tips on how to allergy-proof your home.