Tips For Combating Seasonal Allergies with Your Air Conditioner
It is lovely to be able to breathe in the fresh air, but for so many, spring or fall comes with suffering in the form of seasonal allergies. For most, this means buttoning up their home and turning on the air conditioner to process out the allergens. However, if that alone doesn’t help, here are a few tips to help your air conditioning unit soothe your seasonal allergy suffering.
Clean Your Vents
Often when turning on the air conditioner isn’t enough to soothe allergies, it is because the allergens are still blowing around. While there are other things people will check first, they forget the simplest cause — the vents. These gather dust and allergens that blow up each time the air conditioner turns on. Wiping down the slats monthly can do wonders for the air.
Cleaning and Sealing Your Ducts
When the air in your home still has you sniffling, this is likely your first thought. In some cases, it may be a solid thought. If your ducts are properly sealed, they won’t accumulate much in the way of allergens. However, if your ducts are old or damaged, they may form leaks in which outside air can make its way inside. Once that happens, allergens can build up, blow in, and the ducts will need to be resealed and cleaned.
Changing Your Air Filter
If you have not changed your air filter this season or are simply not using one, this is the major cause of your indoor woes. Your air filter, providing you are using a filter with an appropriate MERV rating, can filter allergens from the incoming air. If your filter is dirty, it becomes less effective. If you aren’t using a filter at all, well, you mind as well be breathing the air from the outdoors. It would cost less. For more information or to schedule service, contact Conditioned Air today!