Spring brings warm temperatures, blooming plants, and allergies. Over 45 million Americans have seasonal allergies. These allergies make enjoying beautiful weather difficult and relaxing at home somewhat impossible due to compromised air quality. Instead of hoarding over-the-counter allergy medication, start eliminating contaminants and pollutants from the inside.
Common In-Home Air Contaminants
Did you know your residence is home to hundreds of air contaminants? Some of these contaminants include:
- Pet dander
- Dust mites
- Radon gas
Pollen – Pollen is a yellow powder-like substance with a coarse texture. If you are allergic to pollen, you may experience nasal congestion and itchy, watery eyes.
Pet dander – Pet dander is microscopic skin flakes that dogs and cats, and other animals with fur shed. If you are allergic to pet dander, you may experience sneezing, runny nose, and postnasal drip.
Dust mites – Dust mites are small creatures that resemble tiny bugs, but not to confuse them with bed bugs. These mites can cause mild to severe allergic reactions. These allergic reactions can include a scratchy throat and hives, which are red, itchy spots on the skin.
Radon gas – Radon is a radioactive gas that is odorless, colorless, and known to cause lung cancer. Radon gas enters your home through tiny cracks and holes in your home’s foundation. Radon poisoning symptoms include persistent wheezing and coughing that doesn’t dissipate over time.
Spring allergies and air contaminants are the worst. Regular AC maintenance can significantly reduce the presence and symptoms of spring allergies.
How AC Repair in Stuart and Regular Maintenance Can Reduce Spring Allergens
1. Excellent Air Filters
American Air Cares recommends using filters that have a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating of 8. These filters are excellent for trapping microscopic particles. The number of times you should change your air filter depends on:
- The number of pets you have
- Having young children in your home
- If you are hypersensitive to indoor contaminants
Fiberglass filters are the least expensive. You need to change these filters more frequently than pleated filters. Fiberglass filters are not designed to hold tons of pollutants over long periods. Change fiberglass filters every 30 days. Change pleated filters every six months. If you’re a pet owner, change your filter every two months. If you have young children in your home, change your filter every two to three months. Failure to change your air filter regularly results in a less efficient HVAC system and expensive utility bills.
2. Remove Dust and Debris
Dust and debris are the primary culprits of indoor allergens. You need to ensure the exterior and interior portions of the unit remain dust and debris-free. Maintaining a dust and debris-free HVAC system improves the air quality in your home. The outside part of your unit draws in the fresh air that travels throughout your home, which also means dust and debris can also go throughout your home through the unit. The indoor part of the unit pulls debris into the unit, which causes buildup. Buildup affects the unit’s performance and efficiency. You can help improve your HVAC’s well-being by regularly sweeping around the base of the unit.
You need to dust your vents and registers. Leaving these areas full of debris allows particles to circulate freely throughout your home. The best way to clean these areas is to use a damp cloth. Debris sticks to damp towels instead of flying into the air as it would with a dry cloth.
3. Schedule AC Maintenance
Preventive maintenance for your AC is a great way to ensure your unit is performing at its optimum level. At American Air Cares, we provide thorough HVAC preventive maintenance that includes:
- Checking refrigerant levels for leaks
- Inspecting your duct system for leaks
- Measuring airflow traveling through the evaporator coil
- Cleaning condensing coils as necessary
- Cleaning the drain line
- Cleaning and tightening the electrical connections and inspecting terminals
- Examining your system’s temperatures for fluctuations and inefficiencies
- Checking the thermostat and calibrating as necessary
- Providing recommendations and a final report of findings
How Can American Air Cares Help?
Our name says it all. Here at American Air Cares, we dedicate ourselves to providing you with reliable, professional HVAC services. We believe your home should be enjoyable and comfortable year-round. We proudly serve homeowners in many Florida locations, including:
Whether you need AC repair in Stuart, AC repair in Port St. Lucie, or surrounding areas, American Air Cares is there. Contact us to learn more about your home’s indoor air quality and the other HVAC services we offer.