The spring is that warm and lively time when the weather is starting to heat up and the sun beginning to shine more often in the clear skies. The downside of the spring, however, is the tendency of the air to hold dust and allergens. That’s probably why you develop rashes and sneezes so often around this time. The best remedy for allergens in the spring is a functional HVAC system that helps in eliminating the allergens from the air makes your home comfortable. It takes a combination of several measures and practices to keep your HVAC working properly. Here are the tips to getting the most out of your HVAC system:
Close your home’s windows
It is always advised that you leave your windows open most of the time to permit fresh air into the house. But remember it is springtime; you’re permitting dust and allergens into the house alongside fresh air. You don’t want to leave windows open and allow all those trails of pollen and other allergens streaming into the house. And if they actually end up your house, it could mean more work for your HVAC – the system will have more contaminants to pump out than before, and some of those contaminants clog the system faster than you’d anticipate. Let the windows stay closed most of the time and keep the contaminants at bay.
Add an IAQ Product in the mix
If you still want to keep your windows open but feel that the HVAC system could be strained with high influx of contaminated air, you can add an IAQ product that can aid in eliminating pollen and all other contaminants easily and more efficiently. An air purifier, for instance, is equipped with high efficiency filters capable of capturing and eliminating contaminants more effectively compared to your HVAC system. If the humidity in your home escalates or drops remarkably, it can create a great environment for allergens to thrive. In such a case, you can install a humidifier which does a great job of keep moisture in your room at desirable levels. And if you feel that the contaminants are not being eliminated or killed well enough, you can install a UV light which is devastating to bacteria, pollen, and other organic contaminants. All these devices can reduce the work done by your HVAC; that can add several years on its lifespan.
Let your system run constituently
It is widely believed that turning off the HVAC system when the conditions are mild and only leaving it run during cold or warm conditions can reduce your energy bill and save money. That’s true. The problem is that the HVAC system tends to accumulate moisture when left to sit idle for a long time. Moisture build-up will certainly ruin the system and require costly repairs or replacement. Also, turning your system on and off too often can speed the wear and tear. Rather, consider setting the thermostat slightly lower so that you can save energy without bothering your HVAC system.
Subject your Condenser to regular cleaning
The A/C’s condenser is prone to accumulating all kinds of debris – grass, branches, dirt, twigs, etc. – for the extended period it operates without cleaning. Cleaning it is simple though, all you need is the appropriate condenser oil cleaner and you’re good to return the sparkle on it.
Better yet, consider asking the HVAC technician to clean it during the yearly maintenance exercises. You can take measures such as keeping the grass trimmed and clearing the branches to reduce the amount of debris that might end up in the system.
Procure spring maintenance services now
It is recommended that you inspect your HVAC system two times in a year; one time during the spring and another during the fall. During the maintenance exercise, the technician will check for leaks, loose wires, old components and fix everything to keep the system in the best working conditions.