In a recent study, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America ranked Central Kentucky the fourth worst place to live for allergies. With allergy season in full swing, Kentuckians may be in for a miserable spring.
While not much can be done to battle the pollen and excess allergens outdoors, managing proper indoor air quality in your home can significantly reduce allergy symptoms. In fact, your home’s indoor air averages a higher level of pollutants than outdoor air, making indoor air quality all the more crucial. With a few proper steps and tips, you can help improve your indoor air quality and be more prepared to tackle your spring allergies.
Have Your Cooling System Professionally Checked
Spring is an ideal time to have your system thoroughly checked. Your system works the hardest in the summer and winter, so checking your system before the temperatures start to rise ensures that your system is ready for the season.
With a professional system check, you can also make sure that your system is providing the highest level of indoor air quality possible. With a professional check, your technician will inspect your air ducts, registers, filter, and recommend any additional steps or products that can help improve your indoor air quality.
Change And Upgrade Your Air Filter
Your filter is one of the biggest determinants of your indoor air quality. To maintain a comfortable indoor climate, air is constantly moving through your system. In fact, over one million cubic feet of air is moved through your filter every day bringing plenty of dust, dirt, debris, and plenty of allergens. Your filter is in place to catch the contaminants like dust, dirt, debris, and other allergens in your air, before the air enters your home. A clean filter then, not only helps your system run efficiently and smoothly, but it provides you and your family with cleaner, healthier air.
A filter can only perform its proper function, however, if it is regularly changed. If you are equipped with a standard fiberglass filter, you should be changing your filter at least every 30 days. Although to improve your indoor air quality even further, you should consider upgrading to a higher efficiency filter. There is a large variation in filters from the materials they’re made with, the thickness of the filter, their form, and other variations, but some electronic air cleaners, can remove up to 100 times more allergens from your home’s air than a standard fiberglass filter.
Research Indoor Air Quality Products
Your filter isn’t the only thing that can help improve your indoor air quality. There are plenty of products that work directly with your cooling system to reduce allergens. Ultraviolet Germicidal Lamps are a very popular option for families who are serious about controlling the contaminants in their air. These high intensity “H” lamps can neutralize airborne pathogens and guard against viruses, bacteria, and especially pollen. These lamps are only one example of products that can help upgrade your system. Be sure to talk to your technician about other options they may offer during your system check.
Don’t Forget Your Spring Cleaning
Just like the rest of your house, your heating and cooling system requires regular cleaning. Besides cleaning and changing your filter, you should also check and clean your air vents as part of your spring cleaning. Make sure that the vents are fully open and that no excess dust or dirt has built up around them.
For a more thorough cleaning, you should also consider having a professional duct cleaning. While this does not need to be performed every year, your ductwork is an easy area for hair, pet dander, dust, dirt, pollen, and other contaminants to get trapped. A standard duct cleaning provides a thorough cleaning of the various components of your cooling system and removes any contaminants that may have built up in your home’s ducts.
For more information on improving your indoor air quality or to schedule a System Check and Safety Inspection, be sure to call Fayette Heating & Air at 859-233-0424.