It’s the season of pollen, and allergies are on the rise. If your HVAC system isn’t ventilating in the way it should, the inside of your home will offer little refuge from the air pollutants outside. In fact, in addition to exacerbating seasonal allergies, poor indoor air quality from a build-up of dust, pollen, and mold or mildew can lead to health problems like headaches, nausea, and asthma attacks.
You may not be able to control the quality of the air outside, but you can strive to improve the indoor air quality in your home. Here are a few tips.
Don’t wait for spring to start cleaning. You should dust in your home at least once a week to make sure that there’s no build-up. Bookshelves, fireplace mantles, dressers, and window sills are a few of the most common victims of dust, but give every ledge of your home, and even the moulding, a once over at least with a duster. It’s also a good idea to wipe down surfaces like countertops and windows. Sometimes chemical cleaners can worsen air quality in your home, however, so if possible, look for natural cleaning solutions.
Invest in an Air Cleaner
If you have a problem with poor air quality in your home, it may be worthwhile to invest in an air filter or air cleaner. Air cleaners work to clear the air of dust, pollen, smoke, mold spores, and other air pollutants specific to the indoor air quality of your home. UV lamps can even get rid of bacteria and viruses, which makes them handy during the season of contagious diseases like stomach bugs and the flu. An air cleaner is a great choice for a household in which someone has asthma or is particularly susceptible to seasonal allergies. In these cases, you want to be as careful with your indoor air quality as possible.
Check Your HVAC System
Take a look at your filters: are they covered in dust and begging to be replaced? That’s likely a big part of the problem with poor indoor air quality. It could also be that something is hindering your ventilation system from peak performance, obstructing the flow of clean air and allowing dust and pollen to settle. Sometimes your HVAC system just needs a good clean. Other times, it might be a more serious issue. An HVAC professional can perform an HVAC inspection and let you know of any problem areas in your system that could be causing poor air quality, and what you can do to improve them.
At Air Solutions in Bryan and College Station, Texas, we’re proud to offer energy efficient air filters, UV lamps, and dehumidifiers to help improve the indoor air quality of your home. We’re also experts with 50 years of combined experience when it comes to HVAC systems in Bryan-College Station. If your HVAC system might be holding your home back, call us at (979) 693-2984 to take a look. We’ll suss out the problem quickly and help you get clean air flowing through your home again soon.