Tips for Handling Indoor Allergens, Part 1

It’s spring, which, for many people, means that it’s allergy system. Whether you experience asthma, hay fever, or seasonal allergies, the outside world may seem like an invisible obstacle course of pollen and other irritants. Your home may seem like a refuge in comparison, but indoor allergens can pose just as much of a problem. Tackle indoor allergens along with your spring cleaning this year and get your HVAC system serviced by the professionals at Arthur Hagar! Dander, dust mites, and more can get pulled into your HVAC system and circulated throughout the house. Proper maintenance from Fort Worth’s HVAC specialists at Arthur Hagar can help end the cycle of irritation. Read on for more tips on how to make your home a haven for allergy sufferers and call Arthur Hagar today for a estimate!

Learn More about Indoor Allergens

To truly tackle the problem of indoor allergens, it’s important to understand what they are and how they work. Dust mites, pet dander, cockroach leavings, and mold are the most common culprits behind allergy symptoms, but hair, fabric fibers, food particles, and other tiny materials can also be irritants. These particles are what make up the dust in your house. No matter how often you clean, there is always going to be some dust in your home, which can trigger a variety of symptoms. You might be suffering from indoor allergies if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Itchy, stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Scratchy throat
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Itchy, swollen, or bloodshot eyes

The tips we list in today’s article and in part two of this series can help you mitigate these symptoms. It’s especially important for sufferers of seasonal allergies to try and implement these tips sooner rather than later. People who experience irritation year-round, however – such as those with asthma or pet allergies – can benefit from these tips at any point in time.

Change Your Air Filters

The easiest and fastest way to improve the air quality of your home is to change the air filters in your HVAC system. They can trap some of the particles causing your irritation, but only when they are relatively clean. Dirty air filters can blow dusty air into your home or, if they have not been changed in a long time, they might even block air flow and keep your HVAC system from working properly. The air filters in your home should typically be replaced every two months for peak efficiency.

Schedule Regular Maintenance

Changing the air filters in your HVAC system is a simple form of maintenance you can do yourself, but you should also schedule professional maintenance at least once or twice a year in compliance with the manufacturer recommendation. This can include a duct cleaning, which will help address the dust and debris that your system has picked up in the time since your last maintenance appointment. If the air blowing from your vents smells musty or moldy, that is a definite sign that you need a duct cleaning. Preventative service can also, as the name implies, prevent small issues from becoming big problems. Schedule a service call now and make sure your HVAC system is ready to handle the Texas summer heat!

Pollen, dander, and dust mites can make life miserable for allergy sufferers both outdoors and inside their own homes. Changing your air filters is one step you can take to mediate the problem yourself, but the best way to truly tackle spring allergies is with professional HVAC maintenance from Arthur Hagar. We have served Fort Worth since 1949, with all the services you need to stay comfortable year-round. Call today for an estimate!

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