Published: October 24, 2018

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Use your HVAC system to stop the sneezes

If you’ve dreamed of relief from summer’s heat, we’ve got good news! Fall is on its way. This may not be great news for those who suffer from seasonal allergies, though. A long blooming season in Georgia plus potentially poor indoor air quality – it’s almost enough to make you want to skip ahead to winter.

Before we do something as drastic as plan a move north, there’s more good news! Your HVAC system can be a powerful ally in your battle against allergy symptoms. Learn how you can improve your indoor air quality or IAQ, and enjoy greater comfort this fall and winter season.

Let’s clear the air and improve indoor air quality

Dust, pollen, and mold all take a toll on the quality of the air we breathe. These aren’t the only potential enemies of indoor air quality, though. Particles from cleaning products, personal soaps and fragrances, paint and manufacturing residue released from carpet and furnishings can all affect indoor air quality.

While you can’t eliminate every trace of contaminants from your home, there are steps you can take to stay as healthy and comfortable as possible.

Ditch the dust

One of the easiest things you can do for better indoor air quality is to dust and vacuum regularly. Dust is a pollutant in its own right, yet it can also be a carrier for a variety of other airborne particles.  When you catch and eliminate as many of these as you can, your indoor air quality improves significantly.

Replace your air filter

Another easy and inexpensive way to trap contaminants is to replace your air filter at least every 90 days. Homes with additional pollutants such as pet dander or cigarette smoke may need a new filter as often as every month, for best results.

A fresh filter will clean your air more effectively than a clogged one. It also allows better circulation of filtered air through your home, with less wear and tear on your HVAC system.

Balance your humidity

Our part of the country is known to be a bit humid. As much as we might want to reduce the humidity in our air, it’s important to retain the right amount of humidity for comfort and health.

Too much moisture, and your indoor air quality is compromised by mold and other water-loving pollutants. Too little, and the dryness leaves you uncomfortable.

The optimum level of humidity for comfort and health falls in a range between 40 and 55 percent. In Georgia, achievable indoor humidity spans a little higher. This may require you to be a bit more vigilant.

Whether your home needs more moisture or less, a variety of humidifiers and dehumidifiers are available. A professional HVAC contractor like Custom Klimates can help you to select products to achieve the balance you want.

Call Custom Klimates today for indoor air quality expertise

At Custom Klimates, we want you to enjoy your home and to enjoy your free time. To keep you comfortable, we offer advice and products for better indoor air quality. We’re also glad to help with repairs, maintenance, and comfort agreements to save you time and money. Spend time doing what you love, and we’ll handle the heating service.

When you’re ready to increase your health and comfort with improved indoor air quality, we’d love to help. Call us or submit a form online, and we’ll call you! We have the NATE-certified expertise to help you evaluate the best options for your home and your specific needs. Breathe easier now!