It’s that time of the year when you have to brace yourself for runny noses, constant sneezing, and annoying itch attacks every time you step outdoors. Fall season means our body’s worst nightmares are making a return visit. Check out the most common air pollutants in the fall below.
Although the great outdoors is no longer so great for our fellow allergy-sufferers anymore, you can still find relief at home by following the tips outlined by some of Scottsdale’s best HVAC repair specialists.
Replace HVAC Filters
Trapping indoor allergens to provide you with relief from the autumn sniffles is all in a day’s work for your HVAC filters. But after months of constant use, even the best filters can get clogged and stop functioning properly. Make sure you replace HVAC filters as directed in the owner’s manual to get the best results from your HVAC system.
Consider upgrading to HEPA filters. These high-efficiency filters are designed with allergy-relief in mind, and they can trap up to 99.97 percent of indoor air pollutants that are 0.3 microns or bigger.
Speaking of HVAC, don’t forget to check out this year’s amazing deals on heating system installations. Trane is offering up to $600 rebates on 16 SEER Packaged Systems, 17 SEER and Above Systems, and Furnace-Only Systems. To learn more about terms and conditions, which systems qualify, or more, contact us today!
Clean the House Regularly
Although the right HVAC filters will do wonders in eliminating contaminants from your indoor air, there are other parts of the house you have to handle by yourself. For example, dust can build up everywhere — furniture, appliances, bedding, corners — and needs to be cleaned on a monthly basis. Wash your sheets every week, especially if you have pets, so you can rest easy at night. Don’t forget to vacuum once or twice a week if you have carpet in your home. Not many people realize how much and how quickly dirt and bacteria build up on carpets. Finally, make sure you give your air ducts a good cleaning for the fall season.
Keep Windows Closed
Opening the windows to let in some fresh air is important in maintaining healthy indoor air quality. However, that can also invite unwanted allergens, like pollen and pests, indoors. For this reason, it’s best to keep the windows firmly shut and look into other indoor air quality solutions when fall allergies come around.
Control Indoor Humidity
Humidity is the number one source of indoor mold and mildew, which is why controlling your home’s humidity levels is so important. Start by using the exhaust fans as necessary when you’re bathing in the bathroom or cooking in the kitchen. Then, consider installing a dehumidifier to use in the summer and a humidifier to use in the winter. Experts recommend keeping your home humidity levels between 30 to 50 percent.
Use Green Products
Like we mentioned earlier, cleaning your home on a regular basis is essential to keeping the whole family happy and healthy. But most cleaning products are formulated with harsh chemicals that can worsen your IAQ and your symptoms. It’s best to use green products, which get the job done without giving off harmful VOCs.
Invest in IAQ Solutions
Investing in a high-quality indoor air quality product is the best way to ensure your whole family can find relief during this difficult time of the year, especially now that COVID-19 is a lingering concern.
Plumbing & A/C Medic specializes in providing the best IAQ solutions at the best prices. Our whole-home air purifiers can remove up to 99.98% allergens, so you can rest easy knowing that your family is protected!
If you would like to learn more about indoor air quality in Scottsdale, AZ, and the surrounding areas, contact us today.