1. Purchase High-Quality Filters
The best way to improve the quality of air in your home is through your air filters. Filters are measured in MERVs, which is used to measure the level of particle filtration. The highest MERV rating is a 20; however, during allergy season, we recommend filters with a MERV rating of 8 because they are more useful when trying to trap smaller particles. Don’t forget to change your air filters every 3 months. If you have pets or begin to have issues with mold and dampness on your filters, change them more often to allow your filter to function efficiently.
2. Clean Around Your Indoor and Outdoor Unit
HVAC systems pull the air that is circulating outside your home into your HVAC system, which is then circulated throughout your home. To make sure that the air that is being pulled in is as clean as possible, we recommend frequently checking your outdoor unit and removing debris from around it. Keeping a clean unit will also allow it to run efficiently. Dust and debris inside the home can also be recirculated through your indoor unit. Similar to your outdoor unit, we also recommend cleaning and dusting the area around any inside HVAC units you may have.
3. Dust Your Vents
If dusting shelves, cabinets, and blinds are on your spring cleaning list, don’t forget about vents and registers. These two areas are often passed over when people begin dusting their homes; however, dusty registers and vents negatively affect the quality of air in your home. Make sure to dust or vacuum vents and registers often to allow you and your family to breathe easily.
4. Keep the Right Level of Humidity in Your Home
When the level of humidity in your home is too high or too low, it can often cause discomfort and heighten allergies. A humidity level that is too high can cause mold to grow while a low humidity level can lead to dry skin and clogged pores. By upgrading your system or using a humidifier throughout your home, you can always be sure that the level of humidity in your home is just right!
5. Schedule an HVAC Maintenance Appointment
Some homeowners are unaware that their system often requires a regular maintenance visit. Maintenance appointments can often reduce the number of allergens that are allowed to enter your home. Regular maintenance appointments can also fix issues within your system before they become major problems that can be costly.