With a Few Helpful Hints from the Professionals at Comfort First Heating & Cooling!

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At this time of year in the Carolinas, it isn’t unusual to look out your window only to discover a yellow-green filter over everything. That’s right- seasonal allergies are back! Now that they’re at their worst, it is essential to keep allergens from invading your home and eliminate any that slip through the cracks. You can do this by enhancing your home’s indoor air quality…that way, your home can be your comfortable place to escape to when the air outside is just too irritating! 

Control Allergens With UV Technology

Each day bacteria, fungi, mold and other airborne irritants make their way into your home through its ductwork and circulate along with the air you and your family breathe! Therefore, even if you diligently dust and wipe down flat surfaces, you may still be susceptible to harmful particles that are suspended in the air. UVC/UV Lights help to greatly reduce irritants that often lead to asthmatic episodes and unpleasant allergic reactions such as sneezing, coughing, headache, watery eyes, itchy throat and more! 

Is Your Filter Enough? 

Your ductwork and HVAC system work in tandem to deliver conditioned air to your living space all spring and summer long! However, while standard filters are adept at capturing large particles that sneak in from outside, they lack advanced features that make them able to collect smaller particles. When it comes to your filter, it is important to consider whether it’s really doing what it’s supposed to. If members of your family are experiencing the same severity of symptoms they would normally outside, or worse, then it might be time to ramp up your home’s indoor air quality! Our experts can perform an air quality assessment and install advanced air filtration technologies to both new and old AC units. 

Close Windows to Keep Pollen Away and at Bay 

While saving money on your heating and cooling costs should be a priority, opening windows in an attempt to save on your monthly bill will allow loads of pollen, dust and other allergens into your home which will cost you more than it’s worth in the long run! Additionally, particles like pollen can easily attach to your clothes and make their way into your home. Make sure to ditch your shoes at the door and take a shower after spending a prolonged period of time outside. 

Eliminate Irritants With Lifestyle Changes 

While tending to your HVAC system is an essential part of reducing allergy-causing particles, there are some additional spring cleaning tasks you can add to your list to remove irritants as well, such as: 

  • Washing your sheets and bedding once every week.
  • Checking for any signs of leaks throughout your home, such as musty odors and wet drywall, that could lead to mold growth. 
  • Brushing your four-legged friends outdoors to keep them from shedding and spreading dander throughout your home.
  • Using your home’s dryer rather than hanging your freshly washed clothes outdoors, as damp surfaces encourage mold growth and pollen can stick to the cloth. 

If you have any questions about how you can help your household sidestep sneezing, coughing and other symptoms of allergy season, give us a call at (800) 279-HVAC or fill out a contact form. We would be more than happy to help in any way we can!