Spring Allergies and Your AC: Tips for Cleaner Indoor Air

As the flowers bloom and the days lengthen, spring brings a sense of fresh beginnings and renewal. However, it also marks the beginning of the dreaded allergy season. Between pollen, dust, and other allergens, spring can quickly turn into a sneezy ordeal instead of a joyous season.

Luckily, your air conditioning system can be a powerful ally in the battle against spring allergies. The experts at Bishop are here to explore how you can use your system to maintain cleaner indoor air and alleviate allergy symptoms.

1. Change Air Filters Regularly

The air filter in your unit traps airborne particles, preventing them from circulating throughout your home. During allergy season, it is essential to replace these filters regularly to ensure optimal filtration efficiency. Also, if you have furry friends living in your home, we suggest changing your filters more frequently. 

2. Schedule Professional Maintenance

One of the best things you can do for your system this season is to schedule a maintenance appointment. A professional technician can perform an inspection to ensure your system is working properly. This includes cleaning coils, checking refrigerant levels, and inspecting ductwork for leaks – all of which contribute to better indoor air quality.

3. Use a Dehumidifier

If you and your family struggle with allergies during the spring, you may want to check your home’s humidity levels. High humidity levels can promote mold growth, making allergy symptoms even worse. Using a dehumidifier alongside your air conditioning system can help maintain optimal humidity levels.

4. Invest in Air Purifiers

While air filters effectively capture larger particles, they may not trap ultrafine particles like pollen and pet dander. Consider investing in an air purifier to improve the air quality in your home further so you and your family can breathe easily. 

5. Limit Outdoor Air Intake

Although it can be tempting to open all of the windows in your home to let in the fresh air, we advise against this during the spring. It is best to minimize the amount of outdoor air entering your home so your indoor air quality isn’t compromised. Instead, rely on your AC system for ventilation in your home.

Spring allergies don’t have to put a damper on your enjoyment of the season. By implementing these tips and leveraging your system effectively, you can create a sanctuary of clean indoor air.

Contact Bishop today at (847) 232-0560 for more information about our indoor air quality solutions or to schedule a maintenance appointment. We look forward to improving comfort in your Northwest Chicago home!

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