Pollutants are a big problem for many household members, especially for those who suffer from respiratory issues. So, we’re going to look at how you can make sure that your HVAC filter can help prevent irritants, along with a few other tips.
Check the System’s Filter Each Month
Your HVAC system’s air filter catches a lot of the allergens that can cause irritation, and this causes it to fill up rather quickly. A good rule of thumb is to check the condition of the filter once per month and then either replace it or clean it as needed, depending on the type that your system uses.
Upgrade to a HEPA-Style Filter
One of the best ways to fight contaminants without spending a lot of money is to use a HEPA-style filter instead of a traditional type. Picking up one that has a MERV rating of 10 or above will definitely help reduce contaminants that are recirculated into your air.
Balance Your Indoor Air
For those who are susceptible to allergens, it is important that you maintain a balance in your indoor air at all times. The recommended relative humidity level is 40%, which can be achieved with either a humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on your current level.
Make Regular Appointments with a Technician
You should always have a trained professional perform an annual maintenance checkup on your equipment to ensure that it’s operating at peak performance and efficiency. Making regular checkup appointments will help ensure that the system is doing its part in ridding your air of contaminants.
Schedule a Professional Duct Cleaning
When dust and other debris have built up within your air ducts, these allergens can be swept up and recirculated into your air. The best way to prevent this is to schedule a professional duct cleaning that will clear away all of the irritants and contaminants.
Now that you know how to prevent irritants in your home, your entire household will be breathing easy again. If you have any other home-comfort questions, contact the HVAC experts at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been serving the needs of Indianapolis and the surrounding areas since 1970.