Spring has sprung, which means green things are blooming left and right. It also means that seasonal allergens are filling the air, making it harder and harder to breathe. Your home should be a respite, a chance to catch your breath. But if your HVAC system isn’t prepared for the onslaught, it can make your seasonal allergies feel worse than ever. Here’s how you can better optimize your heating and air conditioning system to help you breathe easier:
Check Your Filters
This step is a simple one, but can make a big difference. When seasonal allergies are running high, you may need to change out your filter more frequently — maybe even as often as every 2–3 weeks. Or, to help your family breathe easier without such frequent changes, grab a filter with a higher MERV rating. For better allergen filtration, look for filters with a MERV rating of at least 14, but going with a 17–20 will give you the greatest level of filtration. Changing your air filters more often, or choosing a higher-rated filter, is a great way to also help prolong the life of your HVAC system.
Add An Air Purifier
If you don’t have one already, a whole-home air purifier is a great way to make sure there is better-quality air throughout the house. This is a big deal, especially for those with more severe seasonal allergies or year-round allergies, as an air purifier makes it a lot easier to breathe at home — which means that sinuses and lungs get a break at home, making all the difference for someone with allergy-induced asthma and other respiratory issues.
Watch The Humidity
Here in the Flemington area, humidity can be a big factor. Yes, all our moisture means lovely, green growing things, but humidity can also have a major impact on those with allergies and asthma. A dehumidifier can help pull some of that moisture from the air and make it easier to breathe freely.
Routine HVAC Maintenance
Whether allergies are bad for a family member or they’re a mild annoyance, one of the single best things you can do for the air quality in your home overall is to make sure you keep up with regular HVAC maintenance. This is when an experienced HVAC contractor will make sure that your heating and air conditioning system is not just running well, but is operating as efficiently as possible. This is also a great time of year to have your home’s ductwork cleaned, which will help allergy sufferers and help keep your HVAC system working well.
This spring, don’t just suffer through allergy season — breathe easier with a bit of HVAC maintenance. Whether you’re looking for routine upkeep, air purifier installation, or something else, start with HVAC contractors you can trust. Here at Davis Heating and Cooling, we have more than 30 years serving Flemington and central New Jersey as HVAC contractors. Connect with us today to learn more and schedule your HVAC maintenance, air conditioning installation, and more!