No one likes getting allergies. One day everything is fine, and the next you're coughing or sneezing simply because of something in the air. They limit what you are able to do and they can lower your quality of life. Many of us who suffer from allergies have grown to accept that we can't control the air outside - but inside our homes is a different matter.
By employing a few different tactics you can make the air within your home safer for people with allergies and make it a comfortable place to live. The key is having an efficient HVAC system. Here's why:
How Your HVAC System Reduces Allergens
To regulate the air and temperature within your home, your HVAC system pulls air from the home, passes it through the system, and then returns it back into the house. For example, if you wanted to cool down your home with air conditioning, your HVAC system would pull the warm air from your home and return cooler air.
During this process the air from your home gets passed through an air filter within the HVAC system before returning. This air filters grabs allergens - such as dust, pollen, or pet dander - out of the air so that the returning air is safer to breathe. When properly running, your HVAC system can do quite a lot to reduce the amount of allergens within your home.
Signs That There's a Problem With Your HVAC
Of course, your HVAC system might not always run properly. It's just a machine after all, and machines break down or become less efficient over time. When this happens, you'll want to be able to tell that there's a problem early on so that you can get it taken care of sooner rather than later.
One of the first signs you can look for is worse allergy conditions within the home. If you've been noticing your allergies acting up more lately, and you can't attribute it to anything new (like a new pet), the answer could be your HVAC system. Another sign you have an issue is when your energy bill increases. Your HVAC system needs a lot of power to operate, and if it's not running efficiently, your energy bill will go up as a result.
Finally, if you notice that your home is not heating up or cooling down as quickly as it once did, you should have your HVAC system inspected for any issues. For more information on signs that you have a problem with your HVAC system, you can check out this article.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
To have high air quality within your home, and to prevent the system from breaking down, you'll want to perform regular maintenance on your HVAC system. While a complete cleaning is something you should probably leave to the experts, there is one part that you can do - replacing the air filter.
Every few months (or sooner if you have pets) you should check the status of your HVAC's air filter. See if it looks clogged, and if so, replace it. A clogged air filter will not catch as many allergens and will make the system less efficient.
Don't Suffer Inside Your Own Home
No one should have to deal with allergies inside their own home. Having an efficient HVAC system can go a long way towards ensuring comfort, so you won't want to neglect. The best thing you can do is regularly replace the air filter so that it's catching as much air pollution as possible.
If you'd like to find out more about how an efficient HVAC system can reduce home allergies, or getting your air filters delivered, please feel free to contact us at any time.