The fall season is not kind to those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies. Now that the leaves are falling and the allergies are flowing, the great outdoors is pretty much off-limits. Luckily, you can find relief at home by using the following tips from some of Washington, DC’s best heating service specialists.
But, first, let’s see which pollutants you may potentially be dealing with at home.
Replace Furnace Filters
The right filter can do wonders for eliminating indoor pollutants that make your allergies flare up during this time of the year. We recommend switching to a HEPA filter, if you haven’t already done so, for maximum relief and home comfort. HEPA filters can trap 99.97 percent of allergens measuring 0.3 microns or bigger. It’s one of the most effective and budget-friendly solutions available for allergy-sufferers.
However, the key to getting the most out of your filter (and HVAC system as a whole) is to replace filters as directed. Even the best filters available on the market won’t do you much good if they are clogged to the brim with dust, debris, and all sorts of other pollutants. Check the owner’s manual to find out how often you should change or clean your HVAC filters.
While we’re on the subject, don’t forget to schedule a heating service before the winter chill arrives. We encourage all homeowners to have their heating systems inspected, repaired, or replaced early in the fall, so they’re not faced with any HVAC emergencies this winter.
Clean Your Air Ducts
When was the last time you had your air ducts professionally cleaned? We’re guessing the answer falls somewhere between “I can’t remember” and “Never!” Regular cleaning of air ducts is important in maintaining healthy indoor air quality. Any pollutants that don’t get filtered out by your HVAC system settle in your air ducts until the heat is turned on, and those pollutants get swept right out into the open air. Make sure that’s not the case in your home by scheduling a duct test service to start with.
Control Indoor Humidity
The biggest source of mold and mildew is high indoor humidity. There are several factors that contribute to increased humidity levels — lack of ventilation, plumbing leaks, porous walls, geography, and more. Installing a dehumidifier is the best solution as this appliance will work around the clock to keep indoor humidity levels within the 30 to 50 percent range. Dehumidifiers can be installed into your existing HVAC system for the utmost convenience.
Invest in IAQ Solutions
The best way to ensure you or your family won’t be bogged down from fall allergies is to invest in indoor air quality solutions. At Magnolia, we have a line of IAQ products designed to help you breathe easily once more. Plus, certain appliances may help alleviate COVID-19 concerns as well. Learn more about our IAQ solutions below.
For more tips on how to prepare your home for the fall season, or to schedule a residential plumbing or heating service in Washington, DC, please call us today.