Current temperatures may not feel like fall, but we know it’s coming! In this part of Georgia, you’ll notice pollen counts rising for ragweed pollen, a range of tree pollens, and a variety of molds. You won’t get too far without an extra tissue! Did you know your AC can help you manage your allergies? While most people associate turning on the AC with escaping the heat and humidity, savvy allergy sufferers also use it to help with both seasonal and year-round allergies.
Your Home’s Air Filter
Ever notice how much easier you breathe when the air conditioning is turned on? That’s because air conditioners filter out those irritating particles in the air that make your nose run and your eyes water. If you use the right type of filter, the particles are trapped in the filter and are less likely to work their way through the system and into your lungs. Your AC helps improve the air quality in your home. Also, turning on the air conditioner helps control your home’s humidity. When humidity is high, so are certain allergens like bacteria and mold. This is good news for your tissue budget, but only if you give your air conditioning system proper TLC.
Don’t Live with a Dirty Filter
The best TLC for your HVAC system is routine service provided by an experienced air conditioning company. And of course, you can also help care for your system! One of the easiest and most economical ways you can keep allergens from bothering you is by changing the air filter. The air filter’s job is to collect dust, dirt, and other debris. Once the filter is dirty, it clogs up. A clogged filter can’t catch those annoying particles. Instead, you end up breathing them into your lungs. Depending on how much you use your AC, you may need to change the filters more than once during each cooling season. Check your manufacturer’s guide for their suggestions. Now, where did you put that hanky?
Don’t Forget Professional Maintenance
Although you can do many AC service tasks yourself, some things should be taken care of by a technician who specializes in air conditioning service in Lawrenceville, GA. While you can clean dust and debris from around the indoor and outdoor unit, a professional service technician will perform a thorough cleaning of the system. This cleaning is part of a routine maintenance call. During your service call, your technician also checks to make sure your AC system is working properly and at maximum efficiency. Routine inspections of your unit’s drip pan and drain, evaporator coils, and air handler detect signs of leaks, corrosion, or mold. All three of these not only affect your allergies, but they can also cause your AC system to wear out prematurely.
Ductwork and Allergies
Another important benefit of routine AC service visits is a ductwork inspection. Sealed ducts are critical for your health and comfort. As ducts age, they often develop cracks. Any openings in ductwork are an invitation for dust and debris to collect. This is what you want to avoid if you suffer from allergies. Moisture can also get in through cracks in ductwork. Now you have a breeding ground for mold. Remember, mold is an allergen for many people, so you want to avoid it if possible.
Don’t let allergies get you down this year. Call us at Triad Mechanical and schedule AC service to help maintain great indoor air quality. Your lungs will thank you!