Do you have anyone in your home who suffers from allergies? If yes, you probably know how miserable and frustrating seasonal changes can be for allergy sufferers. The good news is that you can prevent the symptoms that come with these changes by improving indoor air quality in your home. Here are the tips you should follow.
Upgrade Your Air Filter
Air filters have MERV (Measuring Efficiency Reporting Value) ratings that correspond to their effectiveness in capturing particles. The ratings range from one to 16. Higher MERV ratings indicate increased ability at capturing small particles. To remove more allergy triggers, you should upgrade to a better filter with a rating of at least 11.
Seal Air Leaks
Air leaks cause indoor air quality problems and energy wastage. Leaks occur through cracks, holes, gaps, joints and penetrations for lighting, wiring, plumbing and ductwork. Air sealing your home effectively reduces air leaks and increases your home’s comfort. You can use caulk, weatherstripping or expanding foam to air seal your home.
Cooking, cleaning and taking showers generates moisture. If not removed, excess moisture will spur the growth of mold, mildew and other allergens. You should keep humidity at healthy levels in areas that are prone to excessive moisture such as bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens. This can be achieved by installing exhaust fans in the moisture-prone rooms.
Contaminants can accumulate inside your HVAC system over time, and the system may then spread them to all areas of your home. Cracks in the heat exchanger of your gas furnace can release carbon monoxide into your indoor air. You can avoid these and other problems by scheduling HVAC maintenance in the spring and fall. During maintenance, a contractor will inspect your HVAC equipment, clean it and carry out the necessary repairs and replacements.
Improving indoor air quality should be your first line of defense against allergies. For more information, contact us at Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been serving the Amarillo area for more than 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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