East Bay HVAC Maintenance Tips for Allergies
Spring can be a pleasant season or an allergy-prone season depending on how you deal with allergens in your home. The most common allergens that fly through the air and in your home include dust mites, pet dander, insect waste, and pollen. Seasonal allergy sufferers will find it hard to breathe, and they start experiencing incessant sneezing, runny noses, itchy throats and red eyes. The key to reducing the amount of allergens in your home is your HVAC system. Take a look at these 5 ways to diminish indoor allergens this spring:
1. Got Mold?
Mold can form in the unlikeliest of places. Check the whole house for presence of mold in the air, HVAC coils, condensate drip drain and exit ducts. It’s best to catch mold early because not only will it cause allergies, but it can also be dangerous to you and your family’s health and safety. You may eliminate mold or call a Castro Valley HVAC professional for help.
2. Eliminate Indoor and Outdoor Debris
The outdoor part of the AC pulls in air from the environment and circulates it around the house. Do a quick inspection for small debris, dust or pollen, and clear as much of it as possible to reduce the amount of allergens entering your home. Then check your indoor AC unit as well for telltale signs of debris. Vacuum around the area and you will have less allergens to deal with.
3. Replace Filters With High Quality Ones
High quality furnace filters for your East Bay HVAC unit is the first line of defense when it comes to air quality. The best filters to pick out must have a rating of MERV 8 or higher. These filters have microscopic meshes that trap both indoor and outdoor allergens and minute particles. A rule of thumb regarding filters is to clean and inspect them monthly and replace them after 3 months. A dirty filter can contribute to the amount of dust and dirt circulating around the house and make heating and cooling less efficient.
4. Clean Your Registers and Return Vents
Don’t forget your HVAC unit needs dusting much like all the other appliances in your home. Take a look at your HVAC’s return vents and registers and dust them at least once a week. These vents work by circulating air coming from your cooling unit, so if they’re full of dust then your home will be dusty as well. Remember to use a damp cloth to prevent dust clouds.
5. Call For An HVAC Appointment
The coming of spring is a great time to schedule an HVAC appointment. An HVAC professional ensures that your unit is free of dust and minute debris. Indoor allergens are greatly reduced and you’ll have an easier time breathing and being allergen-free.
Contact our Castro Valley HVAC Specialists for More Info
At BA Morrison, we have a great team of highly reliable and experienced Bay Area HVAC experts. For all your Castro Valley air conditioning needs, get in touch with us at (510) 538 9817 or contact us online here.