We’re blessed to live in a such a beautiful part of the country here in Georgia. However, the continual blooming of trees and flowers means allergens are constantly around. Did you know your air conditioner can help to reduce the allergens in your home?
Allergen-Fighting Air Conditioner Checklist Step One
Change your filters regularly: Cool air circulating through your home must first pass through your system’s air filter. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends changing your air filter at least every three months, with monthly cleanings or replacements preferred. You can also invest in air filters specifically designed to reduce allergens in your home.
Air Conditioner Checklist Step Two
Leave the fan “On”: The fan in your air conditioner has two settings, “On” and “Auto.” Keeping the setting switched to “On” will ensure the air inside your home is filtered regularly, by always moving allergens toward the filter and ultimately removing them. This also keeps your home at a more comfortable temperature by constantly circulating air throughout the house.
Air Conditioner Checklist Step Three
Close your windows and doors: During hot summer months, it’s tempting to open your windows and doors on a cool summer evening and let some fresh air inside.
However, this “fresh air” is also full of allergens such as pollen, and opening the windows is going to let them all inside. Plus, opening windows while your air conditioner is on makes your HVAC unit much less efficient.
Air Conditioner Checklist Step Four
Invest in a humidifier, UV air cleaner and/or media cleaner: Upgrading your HVAC system to include one of these devices will be worth it in the long run, to keep the air inside your home clean and pure:
- Humidifier: Unbalanced moisture levels inside your home can cause dry skin, irritations, damage to furniture and an increase in allergies. A whole-home humidifier works with your air conditioner to keep humidity levels balanced throughout the year. They are energy efficient, easy to use and require very little maintenance.
- UV air cleaner: A UV air cleaner uses ultraviolet light to neutralize mold spores, mildew, bacteria, viruses, germs and other allergens inside your home. UV air cleaners protect you and your home from these contaminants, preventing a variety of health and comfort problems.
- Media cleaners: These cleaners work to remove airborne debris from your home, improving indoor air quality and ultimately creating a cleaner and healthier home. We carry media cleaners with MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) 15 filtration systems. These work to eliminate mold, pollen, pet dander and other common allergens.
Air Conditioner Checklist Step Five
Consider a new air conditioner unit: if you are taking good care of your heating and cooling system and following all of the recommendations above, and you’re still struggling with allergies inside your home, consider replacing your air conditioning system altogether.
If your unit is over 10 years old, it just can’t work as effectively to keep your air cool and clean. New technological advances in today’s HVAC systems show improved performance, and they will save you money on energy efficiency. Check out these options for the best HVAC systems for fighting allergens inside your home.
If you’re unsure how effectively your air conditioner is working to keep your house free of allergens, schedule a maintenance appointment with your local HVAC technician.
Custom Klimates Ready to Battle Allergens for You
Here at Custom Klimates, we have a team of knowledgeable and certified technicians trained to assess your situation and offer you affordable solutions. If you choose to upgrade to a more efficient air conditioner, we offer financing!
Contact Custom Klimates to schedule a service today. Our main priority is to keep your Birmingham-area home comfortable throughout the year!