AC Units And Allergies - Culprits And Solutions

Posted on: 16 May 2016

If you have allergy sufferers in your home, you might be inadvertently making these worse with problems stemming from your AC unit. The good news is that most air conditioning issues that cause allergies can be fixed easily. Here are four allergy culprits your air conditioning unit might be causing and how to solve these.

1. Clean Out Vents Yearly

Dust and grime can slowly collect within your AC venting system, especially if your cooling vents are low to the ground. It is a good idea to soak vent covers and vacuum the immediate accessible area within your vent system yearly. You might want to have ducts professionally cleaned as well. If there has been major construction in your home, there might be residual drywall or sawdust lingering in your AC unit from this work.

2. Tips for the First Use of the Season

If you don't use your AC unit very often, the initial use at the beginning of the summer might blow dust and dander throughout your home. Have those with the worst allergies stay out for the day while the AC unit clears out any hidden dust bunnies. Open up the windows to get air flowing while running your AC system after a hiatus. This can clear out any residual dust from the winter lingering within the unit.

3. Checking for Condensation and Mold

When cool air cycles through vents in a warmer home, sometimes this can lead to condensation that can turn into mold if left unchecked. This is something that should be looked into by a professional AC specialist to check that your AC unit is functioning correctly and ensure spaces where air flows will stay dry. Attics and walls can be the worst culprits, so if chronic allergies are stemming from within your home, get your AC unit looked at.

4. Replacing Dirty Air Filters

It might be hard to know exactly when to change your air filters, but try to go off of factory recommendations combined with specific factors in your home. If you live in a dusty environment and have multiple pets, you might want to change these more frequently. If you are unsure, it might be worth it to have an AC specialist come and take a look at your unit and recommend how often you should replace. They can even show you how to do this if it's an easy process that you can keep up on throughout the year.

If you aren't sure if your air conditioning unit might be bringing in dust, dander, or mold into your home, it is a good idea to have an AC repair professional come and take a look. Air conditioning services can assess your situation and let you know if repairs or replacement might help cut down on allergens in your home.


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