Spring is the best time of the year in the Valley of the Sun. With fabulous weather and colorful flowers blowing in the breeze, it couldn’t be more beautiful. But there’s a big drawback as this unusually rainy winter has resulted in pollen levels exploding. Pollen exposure can trigger your body to respond by sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion—commonly known as hay fever.
Over 30% of the general population suffers from some form of allergen sensitivity and climate change is leading to increases in how much pollen is in the air and our risks of experiencing allergy symptoms according to the CDC.
Allergies and Your HVAC System
For those affected, hay fever can be a miserable condition. Pollen is not the only allergen floating in the air. There’s also air pollution, particulates, desert dust, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. It all adds up to a big challenge for your air conditioning system, too. Once you’re inside, with the doors and windows shut, your house becomes a closed system. Here are three things you can do to get relief from hay fever inside your house:
1. Change Your Air Filters
As air flows through your AC system, the air filters collect pollen, dust, and other particulates. If your air filters are dirty or haven’t been changed for months, they’ll fill up with dirt and dust dramatically decreasing your AC effectiveness. Make sure to check and change your air filters on a regular basis, especially if you’re experiencing any respiratory distress.
2. Check for Mold
Standing water or condensation in your AC system can increase indoor humidity levels. High humidity can cause mold growth which will negatively impact your allergies. If you notice a faint, musty smell coming from your vents, you may need to have your air ducts checked. Extra humidity in bathrooms or the laundry room can cause mold which may show up as dark gray or black mottled streaks on the walls or tiles. Our service technicians will offer advice on how to reduce the relative humidity in your house.
3. Schedule a Spring Inspection and Tune Up for Your Air Conditioner
Having a clean, fully functioning AC system will insure you’re breathing clean air free of pollen, mold, dander, and dust. Call your local experts at Cool Blew today to schedule a time to check your HVAC system and make any necessary repairs at 623-872-2900. We’ll make certain your air conditioner is ready for the summer months ahead.