Over several consecutive years, Richmond has been rated one of the top allergy capitals in the country. There are many allergens present, and abundant, in our environment that pollutes both indoor and outdoor air. For allergy sufferers this brings several challenges. Since we can’t control what allergens are in outdoor air, all we can do is prevent them from coming inside our homes. Most people would assume that their system will take care of this for them. However, the standard air filtration component in your HVAC unit likely doesn’t guarantee 100% clean, allergen-free air. Allergens like pollen, dust, mold, pet dander, and others can filter through ductwork and out the vents.
Many people are affected in some way or another by Richmond’s high allergen levels. In order to combat them from wrecking havoc inside our homes, it’s important to focus on purifying and cleansing strategies. With warmer temperatures and blooming trees on the horizon, there is no better time than now to improve indoor air quality.
Carroll Plumbing & Heating Inc. recommends the following solutions to improve air quality and beat spring allergies…
- Change air filters every 30 days during peak usage months.
- Clean hard and carpeted floor surfaces often and shake out or vacuum door mats.
- Check the seals in all windows and doors, and re-seal where necessary.
- Use a dehumidifier to balance humidity levels.
- Use a personal, portable or whole-house air purifier.
- Resist the urge to open doors and windows even on the nicest days!
It’s important to understand that over the course of a cooling season, dust and other allergen particles build up inside the unit and circulate back through the home. Coils become coated with dirt and grime which impacts the system’s ability to balance cooling and humidity levels. These issues create airflow challenges, and the filtration system is not able to clean the air as effectively and efficiently as it should. The only way to maintain good indoor air quality and reduce the penetration of allergens into your ductwork is by having regular maintenance performed on the system.