Allergies are the worst and the season is coming on quickly. So, before we're in the midst of allergy season, it might be a good time to take some preventative measures. By taking care of your HVAC system, you can do a lot to help with allergy problems in your home. Whether you are allergic to airborne pollen from the outside air, or you have allergies to dust mites or down comforters, a properly working HVAC system can filter your air, making it healthier to breathe. These few simple HVAC DIY jobs can help reduce allergen inside your home.
When it comes to maintaining healthier, allergy-free air in your home, your HVAC system is your first line of defense. Besides regular cleaning and dusting, a fully functioning HVAC system can clean the air and rid it of airborne debris that might be causing allergies. But, if the filtering components in your HVAC system are not well cared for, your air just won't be as clean as it could be.
The Importance of a Clean Filter
The first thing you should do is check to see how clean your furnace filter is. The furnace filter is something you can access and look at without having to use any tools at all. It slides right out of the filter compartment, and then you can visually inspect it to see how dirty it is. If it is caked in dust, or the ridges are darkened, you should replace it immediately. The great thing about air filters is that they are very inexpensive. The bad thing is that most people forget to replace their filters in a timely manner. The problem with this is, not only does your filter get dirty, but you also have to worry about making the rest of your HVAC system dirty and possible overrun by dust buildup. For example, if your filter is not doing its job, there is a good chance that your ducts and the air registers will have excess dust buildup. This dust can then be circulated and recirculated all around your home. The problem perpetuates itself when your filter is too dirty or improperly installed.
So, the next thing you should do is clean your air registers and ducts. Duct cleaning is something that you should leave to the pros, but you can clean your own air registers quite easily by simply removing them from the wall and cleaning them in your sink, like a dish.
For more information, reach out to HVAC services in your area.