Spring allergy season is right around the corner in Berryville, Virginia. If your family suffers from seasonal allergies, there’s no time to waste getting ready to combat pollen and other sneeze-worthy substances. From installing an air cleaner to upgrading your cooling system, try these methods to prepare your home for allergy season.
Ban Pollen From Your Home
If pollen makes your family sneeze, you’ll want to take a few essential steps to ban it from your home. First, set up an area by each exterior door where family and friends can remove shoes, coats, and bags. When everyone in your household leaves these items by the door, you’ll significantly cut down on the amount of pollen on the floors, in the furniture, and in the air.
Next, take your cleaning routine up a notch. Make a point of dusting, sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming all surfaces at least once a week. Launder bedding at least every seven days, and be sure to use hot water.
Replace the Air Filter
Airborne pollen can easily make its way through your home, causing everyone in your family to sniffle and sneeze. However, your HVAC system’s air filter can stop pollen and other allergens in their tracks, trapping them before they can trigger allergy attacks.
To make sure the air filter can capture as many allergens as possible, replace it every 30 days during allergy season and other times of continual HVAC use. The Griffith Energy Services team recommends choosing an air filter that’s sized properly for your HVAC system and opting for one with a minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) rating between nine and 12 for optimal allergy relief.
Install an Air Purifier
HVAC filters can be a big help for allergy sufferers, but they can’t capture all the pollen in your home. When you need to take your HVAC system’s filtration efforts to the next level, consider an air purifier instead.
Our whole-house air purifiers can eliminate up to 95 percent of the pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold, and other allergens from your home’s air supply. Since they work with your HVAC system, these units can purify the air in every room of your home. For even more protection from bacteria and viruses, we recommend taking a closer look at our most advanced air purifiers, which are designed to neutralize germs.
Get Professional Duct Cleaning
If you haven’t had your home’s ductwork cleaned in years, spring is the ideal time to tackle this task. Duct cleaning is a job for our professional technicians, who know how to remove accumulated dust, pollen, and other debris, leaving your home’s ductwork sparkling clean and newly sanitized. Our trained technicians will also recommend solutions for leaks and cracks that invite allergens into your ductwork.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Even if your home isn’t due for a duct cleaning, our team recommends scheduling preventive HVAC maintenance annually. Spring is the perfect time for an HVAC tune-up, as it gives our technicians a chance to make sure your air conditioner or heat pump is filtering your home’s air efficiently and effectively.
In addition to inspecting, testing, and recalibrating your HVAC system, our maintenance technicians also look for minor HVAC problems that could result in expensive breakdowns later in the season. We’ll help you catch repairs as early as possible to help you save money and hassle down the road.
Upgrade Your Cooling System
If your cooling system is more than a decade old and struggles to keep your family healthy and comfortable, it may be time to consider a new air conditioner or heat pump. Our team will calculate your home’s cooling load accurately to ensure your new heat pump or air conditioner is sized properly for your home.
You can depend on us to design an HVAC system that cools your home efficiently while meeting your family’s unique needs. You can rest assured that we’ll recommend and customize all the HVAC add-ons your family needs for clean, healthy indoor air.
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