With summer on its way out and the fall season looming, it’s time to be proactive and save yourself some hassle down the road! Allergies come with the territory in central Texas, and that can keep you from enjoying the months ahead. Whether it’s the changing of the seasons that bring out new allergens to irritate your respiratory system or the dreaded cedar fever, you’ve got a few reasons to start preparing your home. Here’s what you can do now to prevent seasonal allergies from ruining all the fall fun:
The first step that you can take to prevent seasonal allergies is to ensure that your system’s air filters are correct for your system and replaced regularly. Your filters are your first line of defense against outdoor dirt and grime. It’s vital that they are replaced in accordance with your system’s needs. If anyone in your household is especially sensitive to seasonal allergies, changing your filters more often than your system requires will help to keep allergens particles from entering your home’s air ducts.
Your ordinary HVAC filters are intended to protect the equipment, not your lungs and sinuses. While ordinary furnace and ac filters do help to remove a portion of the dust and allergens from the air, they do little to trap the particles that cause the excessive sneezing of allergy season. Spend a little bit of time exploring your options when it comes to air filters, finding one that both protects your system and catches allergens is worth the investment!
If you’re prone to seasonal allergies (especially during cedar fever season,) an air purification system is a great way to improve your quality of life. Air purification systems (like this one from Lennox) efficiently remove unwanted particles from the air circulating throughout your home. Whether you want to eliminate germs and bacteria from your home or minimize the amount of pollen floating around your living spaces, an air purification system is a great solution. If you happen to have asthma, one of these systems will help to prevent seasonal allergies.
What good is changing your filters and installing a new air purification system if your home isn’t sealed properly? Not only will the outdoor air that’s getting in cause your system to work much harder than necessary, but it will also let in all of the dirt and allergens that you’ve been trying so hard to keep out! When looking for faulty or worn weatherstripping, also look for other places that outdoor air may be entering your home. Feel for drafts throughout your home and check doors that connect to a non-temperature controlled portion of your home (like a garage.)
You can prevent seasonal allergies from affecting you in your home this fall! With a little proactivity and maintenance, you can maintain your home’s status as an oasis from the swirling yellow clouds of pollen and other allergens. If you have any questions about your home’s HVAC system or potential improvements, please give us a call. We’d be happy to come out and see what you’re working with, after all, we promise to bring total home comfort wherever we go!