For many people, allergies are a nuisance that can make everyday activities difficult. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans suffering from allergies, there are some things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms. One thing you can do is use your HVAC unit to help filter out allergens in your home. Here are some tips on how to do that:
Tip #1: Keep it clean
One of the most important things you can do to help reduce allergens in your home is to keep your HVAC unit clean. A dirty air filter will make your unit work less efficiently and circulate dust, pollen, and other allergens throughout your home every time it turns on. Be sure to check your air filter monthly and replace it as needed—usually every one to three months.
Tip #2: Use a high-efficiency filter
In addition to regularly replacing your air filter, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency one. These filters are designed to capture smaller particles—including many of the particles that cause allergies—which can help reduce your symptoms. High-efficiency filters are available in many different sizes, so choose one that fits your HVAC unit properly.
Tip #3: Keep the vents closed in unused rooms
If you have rooms in your home that you don’t often use, close the vents leading into those rooms. Closed vents help prevent allergens from circulating and improve the efficiency of your HVAC unit overall.
Other helpful tips to consider:
- Use a HEPA air purifier. A HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) air purifier will help remove allergens from the air in your home. You can buy a stand-alone HEPA purifier or one that attaches to your HVAC unit.
- Keep your windows closed. When pollen counts are high, keep your windows closed and run your HVAC unit to help keep allergens out of your home.
- Bathe before bedtime. This will help remove pollen and other allergens from your hair and skin, so you’re not tracking them into your bed, where you’ll be spending the night.
- Vacuum regularly. Vacuuming regularly helps eliminate pollen and other allergens from carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture. Be sure to use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to trap as many allergens as possible.
There’s no need to suffer from seasonal allergies when there are simple things you can do to ease your symptoms. By following these simple tips, you can get on with enjoying your daily activities allergy free!
If you have questions about your HVAC system or want to schedule a maintenance appointment, contact Air Rescue today! We would be happy to help you find the perfect solution for your needs.