Once I purchased my first home, I realized that I needed to do my part in caring for my home appliances. In addition to reading the user manuals for my kitchen appliances and state-of-the-art plumbing system, I realized that I also needed to do a little research about HVAC. Because I had no experience with HVAC systems, I called out a professional to teach me a thing or two. It was fascinating to talk with him, and I was able to take notes about all kinds of important topics, such as maintenance, troubleshooting, and even shopping for a new system. This blog is all about understanding HVAC guidelines.
If you or a family member has just been diagnosed with asthma or allergies, you might be concerned with the quality of the air in your home. You can take steps to keep allergens, dust, and mold under control through lifestyle habits and adding equipment to your HVAC. Here are some things that can improve your indoor air quality.
Have Your HVAC And Ducts Cleaned
The first step is to have your HVAC thoroughly cleaned by a professional. They can remove dust from the blower and coils so dust doesn't keep blowing around your house. You might also want the ducts in your home checked and cleaned if needed.
Ducts can accumulate dust, mold spores, and rodent and insect droppings that get blown through your house. Cleaning them could eliminate a potential source of allergens and help improve the air quality in your home.
Have An Air Purifier Installed On The HVAC
An HVAC contractor can recommend upgrades for your system that help reduce allergens floating in the air in your home. This might include switching from a basic filter to a pleated or allergy filter that blocks more dust.
The HVAC contractor might also recommend adding an air purifier to your HVAC system for improved air cleaning. They might also suggest adding a UV light that kills bacteria and mold in the air as it passes through the HVAC.
Keep Your Home Clean
It's often difficult to keep up with housework, but dust can be an irritant when you have asthma or allergies, so you'll want to dust frequently. Dust and mold spores in your house get pulled in your HVAC and circulated through your house. In addition to dusting often, you may also want to fix water drips and water damage to reduce the risk of mold growing in your home.
Another important chore to do is change the HVAC filter on time so it doesn't get coated with dust. You'll also want to schedule regular maintenance on your HVAC so the system stays clean all seasons of the year.
By keeping your HVAC free from dust, cleaning your home frequently, controlling humidity in your home, repairing water damage, and installing a whole-house air purifier on your HVAC, you'll be on your way to improved air quality in your home.
However, you'll always have to be on guard against mold, cigarette smoking in your home, pet dander, and seasonal allergies so you can take steps to keep your allergy symptoms under control. A sudden flare of your symptoms might indicate mold growth or another problem you need to track down and eliminate to improve your indoor air quality.
Reach out to a local indoor air quality service to learn more about your options.