Nearly two thirds of all homes in the United States have some form of an air conditioner. One common problem you may experience is that an air conditioner is bringing allergens into your home. Allergens can enter your home from nearly every area. Once allergens are present in your home, it’s likely you’ll know about it. Dealing with allergens is even worse for those who already have allergies. It’s no fun to walk through your house sneezing with watery eyes. One of the most common pathways for allergens to invade your home is through your air conditioner. Here are three HVAC maintenance tips to help keep allergens out of your home.
- Replace Your Air Filters
It’s important to regularly replace the air filters within your home. You don’t need to worry about getting deep into your home to complete this task. To begin, you’ll want to remove the metal casing that houses an air filter. A common sign that an air filter needs replacing is if it is covered in dust. While it’s true air filters work by blocking allergens from entering the home, one that is too dirty can not complete this job efficiently. New air filters that aren’t clogged will help better control the temperature of a home. Clean air filters and ducts will help ensure your home is able to heat and cool itself efficiently. It’s recommended to have your ducts cleaned every three to five years.
- Check for Debris Near the Outdoor Unit
The outdoor portion of an air conditioner feeds air into your home from outside air. It’s wise to check to see if any debris is coming into your home through the outdoor unit. You might find the debris near the outdoor unit are grass, flowers, and other items known to worsen allergies. Removing debris can also help your home to heat and cool in a more efficient manner. Statistics show that heating and cool make up for about 48% of all energy used in the typical United States home.
- Call an Air Conditioning Contractor
If a few simple home repairs aren’t reducing allergens, it’s time to call a professional. You’ll find that calling a professional will let you rest easier while your air conditioning needs are solved. An air conditioning company will have specialized tools to figure out what is causing allergens to be present in your home. Next, a heating and air conditioning company will work on and remove the cause of allergens.
In closing, there are several ways to reduce the presence of allergens within your home. One simple fix that may work is to replace dirty air filters. It’s recommended that you change these filters every six months to one year. You’ll find a filter replacement may ensure your air conditioning needs are taken care of. If not, you’ll want to check for any debris near the outdoor air conditioning unit, as this is where outside allergens can get inside of a home. If you’re still suffering from allergies, it’s time to contact a company to take care of your air conditioning needs while reducing allergens.