4 Ways Your HVAC Worsens Your Allergies and How to Stop It
If you're one of the 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies, you know that keeping your home as allergy free as possible is crucial. While keeping up on regular vacuuming and dusting is helpful, if you are still suffering from symptoms while indoors, your HVAC system could be the culprit.
Luckily there are signs that your HVAC system may be contributing to your allergies, and the pros at Furnace Doctors have them listed here for you.
1. Mold in the Unit
Certain areas of your HVAC unit are more prone to moisture and humidity; this makes the perfect environment for mold to thrive. Areas like the air ducts, evaporator coils, and drip pans are all prime spaces notorious for causing allergy symptoms.
Along with yearly HVAC cleanings and inspections, a few ways to combat this are keeping indoor humidity levels between 30 and 50% and adding a UV light purifier to the space.
2. Exposure to Carbon Monoxide
Exposure to low amounts of CO can also mimic allergy symptoms. Low concentrations in your home over a long period can cause weakness, headache, dizziness, and nausea and can affect the mucous membranes.
If you don't currently have a high-quality CO detector in your home, it is recommended to reach out to a professional HVAC technician to explore your options.
3. Dirty or Dusty Air Filters
The filters in your HVAC system are pivotal for preventing and minimizing the number of allergens, dust, and contaminants that can get into your home. If your filters are not changed regularly, they can become inefficient and clogged, resulting in restricted airflow and fostering allergens building up inside your home.
Typically the filters will need to be changed every 30 to 90 days and can be more frequently if there are allergy sufferers in the home. Additionally, purchasing a high-quality HEPA filter, keeping the vents and registers clean, and finding a way to circulate the air can also help increase its quality.
4. Dirty Ducts and Low Maintenance
Your ducting is a perfect location for pests, like rodents and insects, to create a home, and as the ductwork ages, it can become loose and begin to break down. When this happens, excess humidity and contaminants can enter the home, which means allergens can more easily collect inside them and circulate through the space.
Periodic inspections for damage or changes in the system can help you better identify if you need to call a professional. Combined with regular cleanings and maintenance, this can help reduce the risk of allergens getting into your home.
Dust Doctors: Your Experts for Home Comfort
Keeping your allergy symptoms under control is challenging enough, so if you suspect your HVAC system is contributing, Furnace Doctors has you covered. As your locally trusted HVAC contractor in Minnesota for over 40 years, we specialize in everything from furnace repair to duct cleanings that our clients know and trust.
Let's optimize your indoor air quality with our advanced purification technology today; message us online or call us at 651-789-3082 for your free quote.