As we discussed in Part 1 of this series, even though we can’t do anything about the pollen monsoon outdoors, there are steps you can take to minimize indoor allergens. Reducing the overall allergen load that your body has to process will cut down on symptoms. Hopefully, tips from the previous post such as doubling up on doormats, cleaning from top to bottom, and frequent laundering of linens were helpful to you. Read further for more tips to minimize indoor allergens:
- Keep Humidity Under Control: As we discussed a few weeks ago, many common allergens thrive in humid environments. Read about balancing the humidity in your home here.
- HVAC Filters: Clean filters can help minimize exposure to allergens from your HVAC system. The effectiveness of filters is measured in MERVs (minimum efficiency recording value). The MERV ratings can range from 1 to 20 with 20 providing the highest level of particle filtration. A medium efficiency filter is recommended for the average home owner. Keep in mind, filters on the highest end of the range can put stress on your HVAC system or require updates to your system. It is important to change filters regularly (every 2-3 months), especially during high pollen seasons.
- HVAC Maintenance: If you suspect mold may be growing inside your air conditioning system, you should consider having the air ducts cleaned. Visible mold particles growing near the ducts or on other components of the system or a musty or moldy odor coming from your vents are two indicators mold could be circulating through your system.
Best of luck surviving this spring pollen season! Call Anchor with any questions and for all your HVAC maintenance needs, (770) 942-2873. We have you covered!