The spring months of the year bring with them great weather and an increase in the amount of pollen in the air. For most people, being exposed to large amounts of pollen can do a number on their sinuses. Finding ways to reduce the amount of allergens, such as pollen, that are let into your home should be a priority. Most homeowners fail to realize that by doing some essential maintenance to their HVAC unit, they can significantly reduce the amount of pollen, not to mention other allergens, in their home. Below are some of the things that you can do when trying to get rid of these offending allergens in your home.
It Starts With a High-Quality Air Filter
The air filter you use plays a huge role in the amount of pollen and other allergens in the home. There is a misconception that every HVAC air filter is created equally; however, this is simply not the case. Ideally, you want to look for a filter that is rated at least a MERV 8. Getting a higher quality filter will allow you to trap the small pollen particles before they are able to start circulating through your home’s air ducts.
Pay Attention to the Debris around the Outside Unit
Most homeowners fail to realize that having debris around the outside of the HVAC unit can cause a reduction in the air quality inside the home. When weeds and plants are too close to the unit it can result in quite a few issues. Taking the time to clean around the outside unit is important and doing so on a regular basis can reduce the issues related to air quality that may occur. In addition to reducing overall air quality, there are some situations where thicker vegetation and weeds can reduce the air circulation in your unit and can cause it to overwork itself. This type of overworking can lead to repair issues and in some cases, having to prematurely replace the unit due to wear.
Getting the Duct Work Cleaned Professionally
The ductwork in a home can collect a lot of dust and pollen over time. Without having the ductwork properly cleaned, you will be fighting a losing battle when it comes to allergens in your home. Finding professionals to come in and clean the ductwork is well worth the money. Professionals who perform this type of work will have the specialty brushes and vacuum units needed to remove the dust and pollen with ease. These individuals will also be able to provide tips on how to keep the ducts clean and dust free in between cleanings.
The more a homeowner is able to find out about the connection between their HVAC unit and allergens, the easier they will find it to keep their air supply at peak levels. Finding the right professionals to help with the maintenance a unit needs is important. Keeping a home’s HVAC unit on a routine maintenance schedule can also help it to run more efficiently and last longer.