Spring is the season many of us enjoy most, but if you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may be living in misery since pollen being blown around Harford County can cause wheezing and sneezing. May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month, so we at One Hour Heating and Air have some tips to help you breathe more easily throughout this beautiful time of year.
5 Tips for Better Breathing in May
Keep Windows Closed
Fresh air is awesome, but if you suffer from allergies you’ll need to avoid opening windows and using fans that can blow pollen around your home. Pollen counts peak mid-morning, so avoid going outside and keep windows closed during that time. If you want to air out your home, wait until the afternoon and evening hours.
Take a Shower And Change Clothes When You Come Inside
If you have to be outside to mow grass or do other yardwork, pollen will settle into your hair, skin and clothing. When you come inside, head straight to the shower so you can wash the pollen out, and grab a fresh outfit. The last thing you want is for pollen to linger in your home.
Change the Air Filter
A clean filter always helps your HVAC system operate more efficiently, but it also can help you breathe better. A clogged filter can’t trap the extra pollen and mold that flows through your HVAC system in the spring, so changing your filter once a month in the spring is always a good idea. For allergy and asthma sufferers, you’ll want a “high energy particulate air filters” or HEPA filter with a MERV rating of 10 or higher to trap the tiniest particles, or ask about MicroPowerGuard.
Keep up With Spring Cleaning
Even when you try to keep windows and doors closed and change clothes after being outside, allergens will make their way in through the air and on shoes. Vacuum carpets with a HEPA filter, sweep tile and wood floors often, and dust regularly to keep allergens in your home to a minimum.
Call the HVAC Experts at One Hour in Bel Air
When you call One Hour, we can tell you several ways we can help to minimize allergy irritants in your home, including:
- Spring AC Maintenance. Your HVAC system has dust, dirt, and other allergy irritants that have settled into it over winter months. Our technicians will clean all of your air conditioner’s components, make sure your system is running efficiently, and examine your ductwork.
- Duct Cleaning. If our technician discovers that your air ducts have visible mold, dust, dirt, and other contaminants or a musty odor, they may recommend duct cleaning. Clean ducts are especially important if someone in your household suffers from asthma and allergies.
- MicroPower Guard® firts into your existing one-inch filter area and offers powerful air filtration at an affordable price. It has a HEPA class performance under 1 micron, and disposable media pads that remain at peak operating efficiency for up to 4 months. Best of all, it has a Lifetime Warranty!
Call One Hour in Bel Air to Find Out How to Breathe Better in Your Home
You don’t have to suffer through asthma and allergy season. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss all the ways we can improve your indoor air quality!