Pollen season is here, and with that comes the sneezing, coughing, and watery eyes that you just cannot seem to get rid of. You may take allergy medication and try to avoid it, but chances are you will be affected somehow. An excellent way to decrease your allergies is to make sure that you are using your air conditioning system properly. When used correctly, your unit has a filter that will remove irritants like pollen and dust from the air. Air conditioners also help to regulate the humidity in your home, which can decrease your allergy symptoms.
How Does Air Conditioning Help?
Your air conditioner contains an air filter that traps the particles from coming into your home. When there is no filter, these particulates will go throughout your home. Your air conditioner also helps to prevent high humidity. When there is high humidity in your home, it can increase the growth of mold and mildew. Some people have severe allergies to mold and mildew, so it imperative for them to run their air conditioner.
Maintaining Your Air Conditioner
If you want to make sure that your allergies are managed by using your air conditioner, you will want to make sure that it is properly maintained. Here are a few things you should do:
• Cleaning the Filters
Filters should be changed and cleaned regularly. If you have a disposable filter, you will want to replace it once a month. If you have a washable filter, you should be washing it at least once a month. If you are in an area where high pollen is present, you may want to clean or change your filter more frequently.
• Clean the Air Conditioning Unit
You will periodically want to wipe down the outside of your unit and gently vacuum it out. This will ensure that you keep allergies down.
• Duct Cleaning
Having your duct cleaned once a year will help to ensure that your ducts do not have any built-up allergens in them, like mildew.
• Annual Maintenance
Annual maintenance will help to ensure that your unit is running at peak efficiency. Maintenance can help determine if there are any issues with your air conditioning unit and correct them quickly before becoming a larger issue.
Protecting Yourself From Allergens
To protect yourself from allergens, you will want to make sure that your air conditioner is running at peak efficiency, and you will want to make sure that you regularly change and clean your air filter. You will also want to make sure that you never run your air conditioner with the windows open, and if you suspect a problem with your air conditioner, you call us as soon as possible.