When you suffer from allergy symptoms, spring and summer months can be a seemingly endless stretch of misery. Many people desperately seek relief in their own home but fail to find it because their HVAC system isn’t filtering out allergens as well as it should. Believe it or not, the air quality inside can be just as bad, if not worse for some people if your HVAC system has not been maintained. Here are four ways you can reduce your allergy symptoms in your own home by maintaining your HVAC system.
1. Clean Dust & Debris
Your HVAC system has two units: one inside, one outside. Your system works by drawing air from around both of these units. It’s not uncommon for the space around these units to become filled with dust and debris that can send microbes swirling throughout the air in your house, triggering allergy symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and more. Before firing up your air conditioner, be sure to clean around these units to remove the dust that could be drawn into your system.
2. Replace Your Filter Regularly
An old, dirty air filter is far less effective than a new, clean filter. An old air filter has become clogged with dust and other particles, which inhibit air flow, making your system work harder for longer to cool your home. Old filters are also far more prone to allowing dust and other allergy-causing particles to pass through. You should make sure you change your filter at least once a year, and the best time is when you receive your annual spring maintenance on your air conditioner.
3. Check for Mold
If you suffer from high humidity, or your home has trouble controlling air moisture levels, you may want to check your HVAC system for signs of mold. Small mold build-up you may be able to take care of on your own, but larger presences should be removed by a professional since they can carry a substantial health hazard. Once this is done, you should consult with your HVAC professional on the best way to remove the humidity from your home. If it’s concentrated in one area, you may be able to use a de-humidifier, but if it’s in your whole home you may need to update your air conditioning system to bring the moisture levels down.
4. Schedule a Maintenance Service
Your spring or early-summer maintenance service is critical to the performance of your system not just during summer, but all year long. Your spring tune-up can increase the efficiency of your system by cleaning away dust and debris, straightening condenser fans, changing dirty air filters, cleaning coils, and more. An efficient system will save you money on your electric bill as well as keep your home cooler, more comfortable, and freer from allergens for the rest of the year.
If you’re in need of a spring maintenance service, call the Glendale HVAC experts at Moe Plumbing Services. Most of our technicians have been with the company for 15-20 years or more, and are all fully-trained in the latest energy-efficient air conditioning technologies. We strive to provide all our customers with reputable, high-quality products and exceptional service to obtain their complete and total satisfaction. If you need a repair or maintenance service, trust our team to get the job done right the first time.Call Moe Plumbing Services today at (818) 396-8002 to schedule your spring maintenance!