How To Reduce Allergens in Your Home

With summer here, more and more people will be powering up their air conditioning and HVAC units to keep cool. And while it may be tempting to just turn on your unit, there are some important things you should do before and during summer so you can get the most out of your system and the air that you breathe.

While we always recommend contacting our Pacific Ductless team for an annual/seasonal air conditioning tune-up, here are somethings you can do to reduce allergens in your home.

  • Inspect & Replace Your Air Filter

The quickest and easiest way to immediately improve the air quality in your home is to inspect and replace your air filter in your HVAC unit. Ideally, you should be replacing it every three months, but if you suffer from allergies, or notice lots of buildup in your filter, you could do monthly or bi-monthly changes.

Pro Tip: Remember, not all air filters are the same; in terms of dimensions and quality. Be sure that you check the size of your filter, so you buy one that fits your unit. Also, the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating is important. This is rated from 1-16; the higher the rating, the more allergens and dust it can trap. Check your unit’s manual to be certain you buy the rating that is optimal and best suited for your HVAC system.

Air Quality

While some may not think about the air quality inside their home, it is important to keep this in mind. While you can purchase an indoor air quality (IAQ) meter, it is always recommended to have a professional HVAC technician test your air quality, as they can also do a maintenance check on your system at the same time.

Clean Around Your Unit

During the fall and winter, there is often a buildup of branches, leaves, and other debris that can accumulate around your A/C unit. Thoroughly clean all debris from around your system before starting it up this summer. Be sure to keep an eye out for garbage and debris during the summer to ensure your unit is running at its best without any issues.

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