Spring is here, and with it comes pollen and seasonal allergies. Before panicking about the inevitable runny nose and sore throat to come, consider this secret weapon: your air conditioning unit. While often overlooked, the air conditioning unit is a powerful tool in controlling the effects of allergens in your home. With a few simple steps, your air conditioner can drastically increase indoor air quality and keep allergy symptoms at bay.

Change air filters

Air filters work to keep your indoor air quality high by filtering out allergens, dust, and other harmful particles. However, after a while, these filters fill up and can become clogged. By regularly changing the air filters in your home (about once every 3-4 months), you can ensure that your air conditioning unit is processing out allergens that could otherwise be irritating you and your family. This step can be completed by the homeowner or by an experienced HVAC technician during routine maintenance.

Prevent mold

As the weather warms up, humidity increases, and with it increases the chance of mold growing in your home. To prevent mold, and thus the allergic reactions and sinus infections that come with an untreated mold problem, you should control indoor humidity levels. Homeowners can use the thermostat to ensure regulated humidity levels, as well as keeping the house cool. If you find mold in your home, contact a professional to have it removed immediately.

Clean air ducts and vents

Just like air filters, the ducts and vents of your air conditioning system can become clogged with buildup of dust, pollen, and other allergens. During routine maintenance, an experienced HVAC tech will clean the air ducts and vents to ensure proper airflow. If you notice an issue with your air conditioning unit not blowing air correctly, make sure to address the issue. Air ducts and air vents should be cleaned around 3-4 times a year, and sometimes more often depending on buildup levels (for example, more pets in the house may mean more dander). Cleaning your house in general is also an important step in eliminating allergy symptoms: simply add ducts and vents to the list for spring cleaning.

Install an air purifier

Air purifiers are made to pull unwanted particles from the air, which limits the allergens circulating through your home’s air conditioning unit. If you or your family are experiencing heightened allergic reactions inside your house, it may be worth it to invest in a whole-house air purifying system. However, if the issue is specific to one or a couple more rooms, portable air purifiers can be purchased and located in the particular areas.

Schedule regular maintenance

As previously mentioned, an HVAC expert will be able to check for these issues that could exasperate allergies. At Long Heating and Cooling, we are dedicated to your total comfort, which includes preventative measures against allergen buildup. Click here to schedule an air conditioning checkup today.