Avoiding Spring Allergies
Originally published in May 2016, updated March 2020
Enjoying the spring weather in Frankford, Delaware, is difficult if you have to endure the constant coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, and congestion caused by spring allergies. Pollen comes from spring flowers, and high humidity causes biologic growth. These allergens easily get into your home through doors, windows, and your HVAC system. You can avoid spring allergies and improve your indoor air quality by cleaning regularly, using an air purifier, and maintaining your heating and air conditioning system.
Cleaning for Spring Allergies
Regular cleaning will keep dust, dirt, pollen, mold, and other contaminants from accumulating in your home. Use a damp cloth to wipe off HVAC air registers, return vents, and ceiling fans. Clean your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans by turning off the power, removing the covers, and washing them with soapy water. To save energy as well as keep allergens out, remove any leaves, grass clippings, pollen, or other debris from the surface of your outdoor air conditioning unit.
Using an Air Purifier for Allergies and Viruses
Air purifiers or air cleaners use air filters to capture allergens. Air purifiers with high Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value or MERV ratings can filter some bacteria and viruses out of your indoor air. You can have a whole-home unit connected to your HVAC system by a professional or use a less expensive portable unit to improve the indoor air quality in one room or area.
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The REME HALO® whole home in-duct air purifier is an award-winning indoor air quality system that can purify every cubic inch of air that is circulated within your home. It not only reduces odors and air pollutants, but it also eliminates airborne and surface bacteria and viruses, such as MRSA, e-coli, Norwalk, and more. The REME HALO® is a top-of-the-line air purifier for effective whole house and building air purification.
Maintaining Your HVAC System
An air conditioner can keep your indoor air cool, clean, and dry as long as you maintain it to prevent problems. Have your HVAC system inspected by a professional at least once per year and check the filters in your air purifier and air conditioner once per month. For maximum efficiency, replace the filters when they get dirty or at least every three months.
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