The spring and fall seasons are almost always dreaded by anyone who suffers from allergies. Here are some helpful ways to ensure you don’t bring your allergy triggers home with you.

Have your HVAC system serviced at least once, annually.

Over time, your air conditioning and heating system can bring in dirt, debris, pet dander, mold spores, mildew, and pollens. Not only can these unwelcome visitors work their way into your home air supply, but they can clog up the delicate inner workings of your HVAC unit, leading to unexpected service outages and costly repairs. By having your HVAC unit inspected and maintained by services like Cape Fear Air Conditioning & Heating Co., Inc., at least on an annual basis, you can ensure your unit is operating safely and cleanly to protect your family’s health.

Change your air filters regularly.

You can think of your HVAC unit’s air filter like the toxin gatekeeper for your home. The filter’s job – its only job – is to keep particulate matter, pollen, mold and dander out of your home air supply. But unless you change your air filter at least every month, the filter itself can begin to get clogged with debris. This not only means it will do a poor job of keeping toxins out of your home, but it will make your HVAC unit work harder, which can lead to outages and repairs. The best way to keep allergy and asthma symptoms at bay and help your HVAC unit work at optimal capacity is to change those filters regularly.

Get your air ducts cleaned out by a pro.

In most homes, the HVAC unit distributes temperature-controlled air by means of a system of indoor air ducts. But even if you install a squeaky-clean new air filter every month, some matter will still get pulled in from the outside and will begin to accumulate inside your air ducts. Having your air ducts professional vacuumed out and cleaned neatly solves this problem.

Replace your HVAC unit when it has outlived its usefulness.

The typical HVAC unit has a useful life of a decade or less. Today’s energy efficient units can deliver up to 20 percent greater efficiency as well as cleaner, greener overall operation.

By maintaining your HVAC system regularly, or replacing it when necessary, you can reduce your family’s allergy symptoms and provide cleaner indoor air all year long.

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