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AC Tips for Allergy Season

With spring now in full swing, it’s time to get that air conditioner ready again. Yet for those who suffer from allergies, turning on the AC unit can actually make them feel worse this time of year.

You’re not alone if this has ever happened to you. While you may not actually be allergic to the indoor air itself, research has shown that air conditioners can exacerbate symptoms in allergy-sufferers. Indoor allergens such as dust mites, pet dander, most, and cockroaches all conspire to worsen indoor air quality. And when your air quality is bad, your AC system ultimately just ends up spreading all that bad, allergen-filled air around your space. This causes sneezing, coughing, and breathing problems, especially during spring, when allergy-sufferers already have to worry about increased pollen counts.

The good news is that with routine AC maintenance and indoor air quality service, respiratory issues and allergies are likely to get much better. Keep reading for some simple AC tips to help lessen your symptoms this allergy season, and contact our Palm Beach County HVAC experts at Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC for professional assistance.

5 Simple AC Tips to Remember for Allergy Season

  1. Get Your Air Filters Replaced: This is something you should be doing regularly anyway, but it’s particularly important if you suffer from allergies. Your air filter protects your system from allergens such as dust, dander, and other pollutants which can make their way through your ducts and around your house. Schedule service with a technician for long-lasting, high-efficiency filters if you are worried your AC may be making your allergies worse.
  2. Clean your HVAC System: If your system has been in disuse throughout the winter months, it is important that you clean it to eliminate any dust and dander it may have accumulated. If it has been an especially long time since you used it, consider hiring a professional, who will be able to thoroughly clean the unit inside and out.
  3. Watch Out for Mold: In Florida, it’s not uncommon for the humid weather to lead to mold problems. Not only can mold be found inside your HVAC system, it may be clinging to other parts of your house that are often moist or damp, such as your bathroom. Wherever it is, mold can be a real health hazard, and make allergies and breathing problems much worse when spread around by your AC. While it may be possible to deal with a little mold on your own, call a professional if you find a lot, and consider installing a dehumidifier to improve indoor air quality
  4. Keep Your Windows and Doors Tightly Sealed: You should always keep your windows and doors shut when running the AC to prevent letting out cool air and improve energy efficiency. However, it is more important than ever to keep them shut during allergy season, when pollen, bugs, and other outdoor allergens have a greater chance of making their way into your home.
  5. Clean Your Space Regularly: While this might sound simple, it can go a long way to reducing allergy symptoms and ensuring you get the most out of your AC. Try to vacuum your carpets and furniture routinely, to cut down on pet dander and other loose particles your air filter has to take care of. You should also wipe down surfaces to mitigate the amount of dust building up on your countertops, appliances, and elsewhere. And don’t forget to clean up food messes and other dirty areas quickly, so cockroaches and other bugs aren’t drawn to your home.

To Allergy Season, and Beyond!

Whether it’s allergy season or not, Phoenix Air Conditioning, LLC wants you to get the most out of your HVAC equipment and your home. This spring and through the rest of the year, consider calling our technicians for quality AC repair and replacement. We offer specials for savvy customers, and are available 24/7 for any questions or concerns.

Dial (888) 660-4337 now to schedule service, or contact us online anytime.

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