We recently noticed that one of our neighbors hadn't left the house (as in walked outside at all) in what seemed like weeks. Being the good neighbors we are, we decided to send them a message to make sure everything was ok, and jokingly said, "you must be taking social distancing serious!" She responded by saying, "oh no - it's allergy season!"
While we're on "stay at home" orders to let our healthcare system better respond to the novel coronavirus, chances are that we're also fighting our own battles at home in the form of those dreaded blossoming flowers and buds forming on trees that cause our allergies to flare up every single year. Heaven forbid you sneeze right now!
But what if the indoor space you've been banished to is making your allergies (or asthma symptoms) even worse?
If staying indoors seems to have no effect on your symptoms, or it gets worse, you might have a problem with your HVAC system. As such, today we'll discuss 4 ways to reduce allergy symptoms with your HVAC.
1. Check Your Ductwork to Reduce Your Allergy Symptoms
Have you noticed that every time you turn on your furnace that your allergy symptoms seem to reappear? If so, it may be time to check your ducts. It's quite possible that they are harboring pollutants and contaminants that are triggering an allergic reaction. Allergens such as dust, pollen dander and more are just a few of the things that may be trapped in your ducts and causing your allergy symptoms to worsen while indoors.
2. Change Your Air Filters to Reduce Your Allergy Symptoms
On a related note, when was the last time you changed your air filters? We strongly recommend changing your air filters every 30-90 days. However, if you're finding that your allergy symptoms are particularly bad this year (and you're taking your allergy meds), it may be time to either change your filter or step up the quality of filter you're using in your home. While we aren't typically ones to believe that the higher-priced filters magically work better, we don't think anyone should be suffering from allergies while being quarantined if there's a better option available.
3. Have Your Duct Worked Cleaned and Inspected
Building on our previous point, if you've changed your air filters and your allergies are still giving you a problem, it may be time to have your ductwork cleaned. Even better, have your ductwork inspected by a professional to ensure it's working correctly and doesn't have any leaks or other problems that can be corrected.
Like other systems in your home, your ductwork will eventually wear out - it was never designed to last forever. Joints can fail and mold can begin to grow throughout the system. It's also possible that it was never installed properly to begin with. One of our professional HVAC technicians can inspect your HVAC system, identify any problem areas and help you decide the best course of action.
4. Control the Humidity in Your Home to Reduce Your Allergy Symptoms
Finally, one of the major triggers for allergy and asthma suffers is humidity, and your HVAC system should be controlling the humidity levels in your home. If your HVAC system isn’t doing a good job of controlling humidity, you can add or install a dehumidifier to help create a safe, comfortable living environment and ultimately reduce your allergy symptoms.
Are you suffering from allergy or asthma symptoms? Do you find that your allergies are worse this season than usual? Call CHOICE Heating & Air Conditioning today to schedule a maintenance check. Let us inspect and evaluate it today so you can breathe easier while in quarantine!