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Air Quality Tips To Help Ease Your Allergy Symptoms This Spring

When Spring hits Worcester area, the weather gets warm, the flowers bloom, and the animal life comes out. For most Pennsylvania citizens, it is a wonderful time of year, unless you have allergies.

No one likes to constantly be sneezing, sniffling, and blowing their nose. You rather be enjoying the weather and spending time with your friends and family. If you have allergies, Worcester HVAC is here to help. Check out some of these tips to help reduce the number of allergens in your home that are triggering your allergy symptoms.

Try to Avoid Tracking Dirt Into Your Home

The best way to decrease the number of pollutants in your home is by avoiding tracking them in in the first place. While it is practically impossible to keep your home 100% allergen free, there are many ways to reduce the amount of debris in your Worcester home. Here are some ways to do so.

Close Windows – Leaving your windows open lets in a nice breeze and allows fresh air to enter your home. Unfortunately, it also allows allergens to enter your home. Try to close your windows when the pollen count is high.

Take Off Shoes When Entering Home – There can be all kinds of dirt and pollen on your shoes, so take them off before or right after entering your home.

Wash Your Clothing – Like shoes, there can be plenty of debris on your clothing. If you’ve been playing or working outside, wash your dirty clothing fairly soon after coming inside.

Wash Pets – Pet dander can trigger allergies and some pets track plenty of dirt into your home. If you have a dog who loves to play outside, be sure to give them a bath regularly.

Don’t Smoke Inside  – If you or someone in your family is a smoker, ask them to do so outside to keep the smoke out of your home.

Use Allergy-Friendly Plants – Adding plantlife to your backyard can make it more beautiful and relaxing. If you want to avoid extra allergens look for allergy-friendly plants to use in your landscaping.

Clean

For the dirt and allergens that do make it into your home, there are a variety of ways to remove a majority of it. Here are some things you can do.

Vacuum and Dust – Dirt floating in the air eventually settles on your floors and surfaces. By vacuuming and dusting regularly, you can keep your Worcester home cleaner.

Get Rid of Garbage Regularly – Garbage can attract bugs and pests, especially if there are a lot of crumbs around your trash can. Take your trash out every few days or and clean the area around it to help prevent bugs and pests.

Remove Clutter – If you have a lot of clutter in your home, it is likely collecting extra dust. Take a weekend to remove some of the clutter in your home so you can keep your home clean and organized.

Replace Your Filter – Most 1” filters need to be changed on a monthly basis. If you haven’t changed your filter in a while, it may be allowing dirt and dust to pass through. Then it goes into your home or into the rest of your HVAC system where it can cause problems.

Vents and Return Air Runs – Dust also collects on the air vents and return air ducts over time. If you notice dust on them, gently wipe them off with a damp paper towel or washcloth.

Air Ducts – If your air ducts are dirty, they will likely blow that dirt into your home. Debris can also decrease the efficiency of your HVAC system. You should have your air ducts professionally cleaned about every 10 years.

Indoor and Outdoor Units – Just like your vents, return air runs and air ducts, your indoor and outdoor needs to be cleaned as well. Clean the area around your units regularly, then call Worcester HVAC at least once a year for a professional cleaning.

Check for Mold

Check any warm and moist environments in your home for mold. This includes bathrooms, attics, basements, and various areas of your HVAC system. Mold spores can aggravate allergies or make you feel sick. You can help keep mold away by keeping your home dry. Make sure your bathroom is properly ventilated, don’t let dishes pile up, and consider getting a dehumidifier.

Upgrade to a High-Efficiency Filter

Most 1” air filters that your HVAC system comes with only keep your air clean enough to keep your HVAC system running. If you want your home cleaner and your HVAC system to run more efficiently, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency filter. Talk to a knowledgeable Worcester HVAC technician to find out what filter is right for your Worcester home.

Call Worcester HVAC for Maintenance and Advice

Finally, call the professionals at Worcester HVAC to have your HVAC system professionally cleaned. You should do so at least once per year. Doing this will help make sure your air is cleaner, your HVAC system is running efficiently and that everything is in working order. You can schedule an appointment through Worcester HVAC’s website or by calling 610-287-HEAT.