Indoor Air Quality
How to Protect Yourself against Allergy Attacks this Spring?
For many people, the end of winter is a time of celebration. The freezing weather begins to abate, the days become sunnier, and the flowers begin to bloom. For those of us who suffer from allergies, however, spring heralds the beginning of the most miserable time of the year. Sinuses become enflamed, eyes become watery, and sneezing becomes commonplace. Allergies can put a serious damper on enjoying the spring season. So how are we supposed to deal with allergies when springtime rolls around? Do we just accept that we’re going to have hay fever for a few months out of every year? Do we wear surgical masks and hope for the best every time we go outside? Well, those are both options, if not very good ones. However, there are many better ways that you can protect yourself against the effects of allergies this spring. Let’s take a look at two of them.
Did you know that a lot of the contaminants that cause allergy attacks can be found inside your home’s air? Simply staying inside is no defense against pollen and other allergens, which often collect and circulate through the ducts in your home. If you want to get rid of these contaminants, you’ll need an air purifier of some kind. These purifiers come in many different forms, each of which uses a different method to improve your indoor air quality. HEPA filters use fiber mesh so finely woven that it can capture viruses and bacteria out of the air. Ionization air purifiers make use of an electromagnetic field to magnetize contaminants in the air, which then stick to metal plates inside the devices. There are purifiers to fit many different kinds of indoor air quality needs, available in both portable and whole–house models.
As mentioned above, airborne contaminants in your home tend to hide in the ductwork. This can result in a large buildup of allergens and germs, which can be blown around your house every time you turn on a forced air system. Duct cleaning can improve your air quality by removing all of those contaminants in the ducts, so that you can use your heater or air conditioner without exposing yourself to more allergens. We recommend that you have your ducts cleaned at least once every two years, in order to maintain high indoor air quality.
Why Spring is the Best Time for Air Conditioning Maintenance?
As winter comes to a close and spring gets underway, it is time for homeowners to start preparing their homes for the coming summer season. Now, it may seem a bit early to start thinking that far ahead. Trust us, though, spring is the perfect time to start preparing your home for the hottest months of the year. One of those preparations should be air conditioning maintenance.
Your air conditioner is a pretty sturdy system, and it’s designed to last for many years. However, all air conditioners are designed with the assumption that their users will be conducting regular preventive maintenance on them. Without that maintenance, your air conditioner may not last nearly as long as you’d like. Most manufacturers recommend that you have your air conditioner checked at least once a year. In fact, a lot of air conditioner warranties require that annual maintenance in order to remain valid. Why spring, though? What makes spring such a good time to schedule air conditioning maintenance?
Well, the best time to conduct maintenance on anything is usually right before you plan on using it more often. Heaters are often serviced in the fall, and air conditioners tend to be serviced during spring. This ensures that any developing issues your air conditioner has are dealt with, before they are exacerbated by the increased usage during the summer. If you don’t conduct annual spring maintenance on your air conditioner, you run the risk of having it break down from the strain during the hot summer months. It will probably be a lot more comfortable to have your air conditioner repaired or replaced during spring, when you don’t necessarily need it, then to spend several days without it during summer.
Your air conditioner’s efficiency will also likely go up after your annual spring maintenance. As wear and tear from normal use begins to accumulate on the system, the various parts in the system slowly begin to decline in their ability to perform their various functions. Some of these parts may need to be replaced, while other just need a good cleaning to be restored to full strength. Either way, an annual maintenance checkup is the best way to ensure that your air conditioner is in prime operating condition. If you haven’t had your annual spring air conditioner checkup yet, give us a call today.