Spring is quickly approaching, which means warmer weather, lots of sunshine and...allergy season.
To help minimize those dreaded allergy symptoms, we'll show you how to cut down on the number of allergens you bring into your home this season.
4 ways to decrease the number of allergens in your home include:
We'll explain these 4 methods in more detail below.
Dust can be the catalyst for many allergies, so minimizing the amount of dust in your home is the first place you should start.
Okay, but how? Turn your thermostat from AUTO to ON when dusting.
Why? Turning your thermostat to ON keeps the blower fan on constantly instead of only during cooling cycles. This ensures that the dust that gets kicked up when you dust your home is sucked into the system and gets trapped in the filter rather than blown into other areas of your house.
Note: Make sure when you're done cleaning, you turn your fan setting back to AUTO. If you leave it set to ON, it could increase your electricity bill.
You can learn more about this tip on our blog, “This Thermostat Trick Helps You Dust Your Home.”
A few additional tips for dusting include:
Your floor is a great home and hiding place for all kinds of allergens, as they can easily settle into the corners of a room or in your carpet without being noticed. A few tips for keeping those allergens at bay include:
There are a variety of great air filters. For decreasing allergens in your home, we would suggest a small-particle or HEPA filter. HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. This kind of filter forces air through a fine mesh and traps harmful particles and allergens like pollen, pet dander, dust mites, etc.
Another option that can potentially help decrease allergens & pollutants in your home is an electronic air cleaner.
An electronic air cleaner traps larger particles (pet dander, dust, etc.) in a prefilter and traps smaller particles (bacteria, mold, etc.) in an electrically charged filter. This prevents airborne contaminants from recirculating through your home.
To reduce allergens and keep your utility bills as low as possible, you should invest in yearly AC maintenance and duct cleaning.
Yearly maintenance not only helps to ensure that your system is working correctly, it helps ensure that your system is blowing clean air into your home.
Want to invest in AC maintenance?