Spring is upon us, and with it comes extra pollen from budding trees and blooming flowers. However, pollen isn’t the only culprit of annoying allergy symptoms; the air quality in your home could also be contributing to your seasonal misery. The good news is that there are several easy ways to improve the quality of indoor air, including heating and cooling repair.

Send Dust Mites Packing

Dust mites may be microscopic, but, in the spring, they can really amp up allergy symptoms. The simplest ways to get rid of dust mites is to reduce your home’s humidity to between 30 and 35 percent. You can do this by running your air conditioning system, which is one of the most effective ways to quickly reduce dust mite allergens.

Another way to evict dust mites from your home is to regularly clean those areas they love to inhabit, such as carpeting, furniture, and your bedding, pillows, and mattress. Once-weekly vacuuming of carpeting, rugs, draperies, and upholstered furniture will keep dust mites away, while washing bedding in hot water and ensuring thorough drying on a weekly basis should suffice to keep allergens at bay.

Frequent Air Filter Changes

It’s true that the average homeowner needs only to change the air filters in their HVAC system every 60 to 90 days. However, if you or someone in your home suffers from allergies, you’ll need to change your air filters every 30 to 45 days, if not more frequently.

If you are changing out your filters frequently and still experiencing allergy symptoms, it may be time for professional repair or a complete heating and air replacement. Because certain regulations must be adhered to, it’s important that only qualified individuals perform service on your system.

 

Other Allergen Elimination Tips

Check that proper ventilation exists for your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room and consider using an electrostatic duster to remove dust and prevent the re-release of allergens. An air purifier can also reduce irritants.

Clean indoor air can make all the difference during allergy season. When you need a qualified interior air specialist, call Kaiser Air Conditioning at (805) 988-1800.