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Is Your Air Conditioner Causing Your Allergies?

Do you or someone you live with suffer from allergies? You’re not alone: millions of Americans experience coughing, runny nose, sneezing, and other symptoms, particularly during the spring season. Many people seek relief in their homes, but sometimes even the air inside can produce as many symptoms as the air outside. So what can you do to seek relief?

Believe it or not, the answer may lie in your air conditioning system. If you don’t regularly maintain you’re A/C unit, you could leave it vulnerable to swirling dust, pollen, dander, and other allergens throughout your home. What can you do to prevent this? Here are four tips for reducing allergens in your home with your air conditioner.

Replace Your Filter

Your HVAC system has an air filter that it passes the heated or cooled air through before it enters your home. It’s crucial that you keep this filter clean for a number of reasons. In addition to reducing the efficiency of your unit which drives up your utility costs, an old or dirty filter is less likely to remove allergens from the air that does pass through. Check your filter—if it’s dirty, replace it immediately and you should see a remarkable improvement in your allergy symptoms.

Dust Your A/C Unit

Dust causes allergy symptoms but you may be forgetting to dust a very important spot: your A/C unit. Dust your return vents on a regular basis for some pretty quick allergy relief. In fact, do this before cleaning the rest of the house and then revisit it after you’re done to clean out any other dust that may have been kicked up in the process.

Look For Mold

Your A/C is not immune to mold. Condensation from the cooling coils can potentially drip off and fail to dry in a dark place, which makes it a breeding ground for mold. Mold is not only a major triggering agent for allergy symptoms, but a serious airborne health hazard and can cause a number of adverse effects and sicknesses. Mold can be difficult to clean so be sure you regularly clean and dry places that could otherwise be a breeding ground for spores.

­Get Regular Maintenance

You may put every effort into reducing allergens in your home, but unless you’re having your air conditioning unit regularly maintained, you could be missing a crucial step. You should always have your air conditioner serviced every spring and your heater every fall in order to make sure both are running at their optimal efficiency and are doing everything they can to remove allergens from the air in your home. This will keep your energy bills down and allow you to live comfortably, with the bad side effects of your allergies as reduced as possible.

Need to schedule a maintenance service? Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC as soon as possible! Our Palm Beach County air conditioning experts are all highly-trained and fully-licensed, and can perform the maintenance or repairs you need to your heating and cooling systems quickly and cost-effectively. We proudly stand behind our workmanship with some of the best guarantees in the industry to ensure your complete satisfaction, including a lifetime warranty on most of our repairs.

Are you suffering from allergies in your own home? Call Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC today at (888) 660-4337 to schedule a service!