Do you and your family suffer from fall allergies? You’re not alone. Central Kentucky ranks as the fourth worst place in the country for both spring and fall allergies, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. While allergy medications and other remedies may provide some relief, your indoor air quality could be the secret to alleviating a great deal of your allergy symptoms. By taking the time to follow these tips and improve your indoor air quality, you and your family will be ready to handle the fall allergies.
Check Your Filter
The filter in your heating system is a crucial part of maintaining both your system and your indoor air quality. As air passes through your system it also inadvertently circulates dust, dirt, debris, and other contaminants. Your filter is in place to trap as many of these allergens as possible before the air is circulated into your home. A clean filter promotes both healthy air and a healthy system.
If your filter is not changed regularly, it will quickly become dirty and inefficient. With an old filter, your system must work harder to move air throughout your home, which can decrease its overall life expectancy, increase your energy bills, and be unable to block contaminants.
Your standard, fiberglass filter should be changed at least every 30 days, and is luckily a simple and easy process. However, if you would prefer to change your filter less frequently or reduce the amount of allergens entering your home even further, you should consider upgrading to a higher efficiency filter. While there is a large variation of filters to choose from, some electronic air cleaners can catch up to 100 times more allergens than a standard fiberglass filter and only need to be changed every 90 days.
Consider Additional Indoor Air Quality Products
Besides your filter, there are several other options that can help promote clean and healthy air in your home. While researching possible options, you should always check with a licensed technician to see what options would work best for your heating system and your family’s personal needs.
Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamps, for example, are extremely popular options for homeowners. These lamps are installed directly into your ductwork to quickly and efficiently disinfect your air. These high intensity “H” lamps can neutralize airborne pathogens and can protect against bacteria, viruses, pollens, and other allergens.
Clean Your Heating System
Your heating system, much like other appliances in your home, requires regular cleaning to continue running as efficiently as possible. With the constant flow of air moving through it, your heating system is also naturally prone to collecting dust, dirt, dander, debris, and allergens. With a professional duct cleaning, you can be sure that all of the components of your heating system are completely clean and all allergy causing contaminants have been removed from your ductwork.
While a professional duct cleaning does not need to be performed every month, you should make it a regular habit to clean your vents. Your heating vents are a convenient place for hair, dust, and dirt to build up, so take the time to check these vents and clean out these allergens.
Schedule A Heating System Check
To fully ensure that your system is performing properly and you are receiving an ideal quality of indoor air, schedule a full system check with a licensed technician. The fall is an especially great time to have a system check before the freezing winter temperatures set in. With a total and complete system check up, you can have total peace of mind that your system is ready to tackle winter and is treating your air at the highest level possible.
For more information on how to improve your fall indoor air quality or to schedule a System Check and Safety Inspection, be sure to call Fayette Heating & Air at 859-233-0424.