Using Your AC to Reduce Indoor Allergens

Spring in Arizona is the time of year that dormant trees, shrubs, and grasses bounce back to life and start releasing pollen to fertilize other plants. These tiny grains are usually carried by the wind, and they end up in the outdoor and indoor areas we frequent. This makes it likely that you’ll inhale them, and some people’s bodies react strongly to this pollen invasion. The immune system defenses trigger allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes. Let’s take a look at how your AC unit can help out.

Contaminants That Live under Your Nose

There are many factors that can play a role in the overall peak operating condition of your air conditioning unit. While pollen is the primary springtime allergy-inducing culprit, there are other pollutants living inside your home. When combined with pollen, they may result in your allergies flaring up.

Indoor contaminants include dust, pet hair and dander, mold, mildew, and pest excretion. Volatile organic compounds like chemical fumes from paint and household cleaning products can cause hay fever-like symptoms. So how do you remove pollutants from the air you breathe? That’s where spring HVAC maintenance from your local Valley of the Sun HVAC company will ensure that your system keeps performing at peak levels and keeps your indoor air quality sparkling clean.

Keep Your HVAC System in Top Shape

While spring HVAC maintenance is best left to the technicians, there are a few DIY tasks you can do to help your HVAC unit function efficiently and remove pollutants. One of the top issues that can impact the effectiveness of your HVAC system is something as seemingly simple as the air filter. A dirty and clogged air filter can drive up energy usage by up to 15%. Check and change your air filter every month if it’s dirty with a high-efficiency filter with a MERV rating of at least 13. Keep in mind, the more contaminants the air filter pulls out of the air, the dirtier it will get. This minor investment in time and money will help increase your overall comfort and health.

Then, dust your registers and air vents as they trap a lot of contaminants that may circulate in the air. Finally, check around the outdoor unit to make certain the area surrounding it is clear of debris, tree limbs, and dirt.

Call Bruce’s for Maintenance

It’s never too late to adjust your HVAC system to help you and your family avoid the worst of seasonal allergy symptoms. Contact your locally owned experts at Bruce’s Air Conditioning & Heating today at 480-968-5652 to schedule a servicing appointment. Our professionals are available 24/7/365.

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