Allergies at Home
When the seasons begin to change, you can bet a new wave of allergies are coming along as well. Whether you get red eyes and a sore throat, or suffer from non-stop sneezing, allergies can be a huge pain. And when you’re not prepared, symptoms can hit anywhere, even indoors.
Luckily, there are some ways the team at Zimmermann Air Conditioning & Heating can help reduce the spread of allergens throughout your space to give you a break from sneezing. Read on to discover how you can combat allergies at home this season.
If you are someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, air filters are your new best friend. These filters are a component of your HVAC system and work hard at keeping pollutants out of your air. These pollutants include:
- Pet dander
- Mold spores
You know, all those things that make your nose itch! The air filter catches these pollutants before they circulate throughout your home, leaving you with cleaner, fresher air. Be sure to change these filters at least every three months for maximum efficiency. If your allergies are particularly bad during a few select months, consider changing the filter every month!
If you’re not sure which filter is right for your HVAC, give the Zimmermann Air Conditioning & Heating technicians a call! We can match your system to the correct size air filter and advise you on which level of filter will work best for your allergies.
A Clean Home
We hate to be the ones to tell you to keep up with your chores, but keep up with your chores! A clean home is a more allergy friendly home. Dusting surfaces including those hard to reach top shelves will help keep those pollutants from being picked up by your heating and cooling system and circulating through the air.
Another cleaning task that will go a long way for your allergies is a clean floor. Little nooks and crannies can create a perfect spot for dirt and other allergens to settle. Make sure you’re sweeping and mopping as much as possible to keep your symptoms at bay.
Here are a few more easy to miss spots that could accumulate dust and cause allergy flare ups:
- Vent covers
- Ceiling fans
- Window sills
- TVs and computers
While mold, mildew, and dust mites thrive in humid temperatures, there are some levels of humidity that can help soothe your allergy symptoms. Keep the humidity levels in your home below 70-80% and the extra moisture should help your scratchy nose and throat.
Keep in mind that your humidifier needs to be properly cleaned to avoid mold and mildew growth. After each use rinse and dry your unit and every so often clean away the hard water build-up with vinegar.
Pay Attention to Your HVAC
You now know that your air filters are an important part of keeping your home free of pollutants. But when you forget about them, and your HVAC system as a whole, conditions can quickly worsen.
Keeping up with regular maintenance of your HVAC will allow our technicians to clean the unit, cutting down on allergens, and spot any issues within the unit which could be causing excess stress on your home. Keep in mind that your HVAC should be serviced at least twice a year: once before cooling season and once before heating season.
If you’re looking for some extra help in keeping your allergy symptoms at bay this season, Zimmermann Air Conditioning & Heating is here to keep your HVAC system in check . Give us a call at (210) 880-0885 or contact us online to begin breathing easier at home today!