Residential Heating Tips for Allergy Relief
Using the heat here in Florence during brisk winter months is a must. But just the thought of turning on the HVAC makes the average allergy sufferer cringe. Dusty old heating systems are notorious for triggering allergies, as well as asthma and other respiratory related health issues.
The good news is that there are ways to combat this issue, you just have to be willing to get proactive about it. Using one or more of these steps can really help make a big difference in your indoor air quality.
Taking Vital Steps Towards Better Health
Even if you don't have a problem with allergies, these steps can help ensure that using your heating system doesn't compromise the quality of your indoor air, in the process.
For starters, make sure that the area around your HVAC unit is neat and tidy, both indoors and out. Your system works by pulling air from outdoors, which means it brings with it anything that may be near. This same air circulates through your indoor unit, before making its way through your home. Dirt, dust or other debris can become airborne contaminants, if not cleared away.
Get your ductwork cleaned. You cleaned around the area where air is pulled or circulates, but what about the intricate ductwork system the temperature-controlled air travels through to warm your home? Let a professional address your need for ductwork cleaning, from time to time.
Use quality filters and change them on a regular basis. Changing the air filters is the easiest task to take care of, something even a homeowner can do as a DIY chore. It also happens to be the least expensive task. Yet, it also happens to be the most commonly ignored task, which can lead to big problems. Aside from recirculating dirty air, your filthy filter can restrict and eventually block air, causing your heating system to stop working.
Schedule your tune-ups! Being able to let a professional examine your system can make a huge difference. This is especially true for spotting leaks that let temperature-controlled air escape, as well as airborne contaminants get in.
Implement other systems that help improve indoor air quality, such as air cleaners and humidifiers. Purify the air circulating through your heating system and your will be starting off with cleaner air to begin with.
Time for a Change
It is not uncommon to find dust, pet dander, mold spores and even things like dust mite feces in your air. While a certain level of this is unavoidable, you can take steps to reduce the amount and minimize the risk.
Shoals MPE Services is a family owned and operated business, and we have been serving local customers since 1973. We genuinely care about helping to improve your quality of life, and that starts with better breathing air.