Spring is here. That means the blooming flowers and trees will soon follow. While it’s exciting to come out of hibernation and finally see some color outside, if you suffer from allergies, spring can be more of a pain than a pleasure.
If you experience allergy symptoms in the spring, it’s likely that they’re caused by pollen and other outdoor allergens. However, your home can be contributing to problems breathing, itchy eyes, and general irritation and discomfort.
You’ll likely be cleaning your home and preparing it for the warmer weather. This usually means switching out clothing or finally doing a deep clean of the floors after winter. Many homeowners throughout the Harrisonburg area forget about their home’s air.
Improve Indoor Air Quality for Better Health
The air in your home can be between two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. This is because the contaminants inside tend to be much more concentrated. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) often results in health problems, including exacerbated asthma and allergy symptoms.
So what should you focus on to improve your home’s IAQ this spring?
1. Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance
The weather is getting warmer, and before you know it, you’ll be turning on the AC. Since you haven’t used your air conditioner since last summer, it’s important to get it tuned up. Not only will cleaning or replacing the air filter help to improve indoor air quality, but a seasonal tune-up will also ensure you’ll stay cool during the heat and avoid costly, unexpected breakdowns.
2. Have Your Ductwork Evaluated
Your ductwork is key to delivering conditioned air throughout your home. Unfortunately, it’s possible that dirty, unsealed ducts can cause more trouble than not. With a ductwork evaluation, you’ll know exactly what can be done to improve your home’s IAQ, in addition to increasing your comfort while lowering your monthly energy bills.
3. Consider Air Purification, Filtration, or Ventilation
If your home’s indoor air quality is truly suffering or if you’re particularly sensitive to allergens and pollutants, installing a whole-home purification or filtration system can ease your symptoms and make your home healthier. In addition, with higher humidity on the way, a whole-home mechanical ventilator can prevent excess moisture, helping you breathe easier with fresh air year-round.