Indoor Air Quality

Seasonal Allergies Kicking into High Gear

Published on: April 25, 2018
Dandelions, Grass, and Sky | AC Southeast®

Spring cleaning circulates dust, dirt and other debris around your home. With indoor allergens affecting your health, your home is no longer a safe zone, resulting in itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing. More debris reduces your air conditioner’s airflow and compromises its energy efficiency. Contact an AC Southeast® dealer to get a handle on your indoor air quality and boost your air conditioner’s performance.

Schedule Maintenance on Your Air Conditioner

As the weather starts warming up, flowers start to bloom and outdoor allergens start to permeate your home. Routine maintenance on your air conditioner reduces the amount of pollen, dirt and dust accumulating each spring. Once serviced, your air conditioner will perform more efficiently and reduce your energy bill every month. Aside from energy savings, the quality of your indoor air will improve when the allergens and other indoor pollutants are eliminated.

AC Southeast® can connect you with NATE-certified technicians knowledgeable about all cooling systems and who can catch problems early and prevent major malfunctions from occurring. Better maintenance means fewer damaged components to cause breakdowns, a healthier air conditioner and a longer lifespan for your unit. Routine maintenance also protects your manufacturer’s warranty, so it pays to keep regular service on your calendar.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

Allergens, dust and other debris are circulated throughout your home via your cooling system. The air filter is responsible for catching and eliminating particles before they can filter back into your home’s indoor air. Regular maintenance inspects and changes your air filter. The simple act of checking your air filter on a monthly basis is important to keep your indoor air quality high and allergens kept under control.

Another level of protection you can provide for your health, home and HVAC system is to install a high-efficiency air filter. These filters trap and eliminate more particles and allergens than a standard air filter. They filter particulates 0.3 microns or larger and have a higher MERV rating.

Double check with your NATE-certified technician before switching to another filter in case your system isn’t compatible with a high-efficiency filter. An HVAC filter the wrong type or size for your air conditioner reduces the airflow and forces your unit to function harder to provide cool temperatures throughout your home.

More Ways to Reduce Indoor Allergens

Aside from routine air conditioner maintenance and air filter replacement, there are other ways of reducing allergens and other pollutants in your home. The best way to improve your indoor air quality is by installing:

  • Whole-home dehumidifiers: Installing a whole-home dehumidifier with your heating and cooling system reduces the excess moisture in your air during the spring and summer. Dehumidifiers improve indoor air quality by balancing your humidity inside your home. Mold and mildew are also reduced with a whole-home dehumidifier.
  • Media air cleaners: Working with your current HVAC system, a media air cleaner traps particles 1.0 micron in size or larger, including dust, dander and pollen.
  • Ultraviolet lights: UV lights can be installed in your air handler and ductwork to kill mold and bacteria before it becomes a problem in your home. The lights prevent condensation and mold on your evaporator coils.

Improve your indoor air quality this spring by reducing and eliminating allergens in your home. Contact AC Southeast® to find an HVAC professional to perform maintenance on your air conditioner and discuss if a high-efficiency air filter is right for your home.