By Diane, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,
Controlling summer allergies is difficult enough when those pesky allergens stay outside, but when they make their way indoors, you are left without a safe haven.
Regardless of what is going on outdoors, your home should be a place of relief and optimum comfort. Take back your home and enjoy the summer season by following these tips for controlling summer allergies.
Clean air filters
A clogged or dirty air filter is one of the most common contributors toward poor indoor air quality. These filters should be changed or cleaned on a regular basis to avoid spreading pollutants through your home, and so that the filter can continue to trap pollutants. Enough clean filter space is necessary to do so, so changing the filter often, about once a month, with a high efficiency filter, will contribute toward better indoor air quality.
When your ducts have cracks, holes, or bad connections, polluted air can make its way into your home's ducting and circulate throughout the entire home. This can also create issues with excess moisture and mold growth. To improve your air quality, you should work with your HVAC contractor to check for and seal up any leaky ducts.
Regular preventive maintenance is key to controlling summer allergies. Your heating and cooling systems should each be serviced annually. During routine maintenance, your HVAC technician will clean all parts of your climate control system, preventing dirt and allergen buildup.
Air purifiers can be utilized to remove pollutants, toxins, allergens, and bacteria from your air. Making the investment in this type of equipment will help with controlling summer allergies, and can improve your overall health, as well as the health of your family.
Adhering to the first four steps will not do much good without practicing good housekeeping skills. Vacuuming, dusting, and changing linens regularly will greatly decrease the severity of your allergies and will keep the pollutants in your home to a minimum.
For more expert advice on controlling summer allergies, contact the professionals at Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. We have proudly served the Ventura, northern Santa Barbara County and western Los Angeles areas since 1990.