If you suffer from spring allergies, you might be clutching a tissue right now. Those flowering trees and vibrant green grasses may look pretty, but the pollens they release can do a number on your sinuses. Those same pollens and other allergens can enter your home through your HVAC system and affect your indoor air quality. Ernst Heating & Cooling can help you breathe easier with the best indoor air quality solutions.
What’s in the air?
There’s something special about breathing in the outdoor air and hearing outdoor activities as your neighbors and friends venture out after months of being cooped up. You may be tempted to throw open the windows at the first hint of warmer weather, and we don’t blame you. But open windows mean outdoor allergens can make their way inside the house. Even if the windows remain tightly shut, the allergens can sneak in via your HVAC system. Add in the dust mites, mold, bacteria, and pet dander that circulates all year indoors, and it’s no wonder you’re clutching your tissue right now.
Keeping allergens away
Your first plan of action is to minimize the allergens that hitch a ride with you or your family members when you enter the home:
- Take off your shoes before coming inside.
- Consider changing your clothes when you come in, especially if you’ve been working in the yard or playing hard outdoors.
- Take a shower as soon as you come inside. If that doesn’t seem practical, shower before you go to bed, so you’re not leaving pollen on your pillow and bedsheets.
- Keep doors and windows closed. Yes, you’ll lose the spring smells, but at least you’ll be able to smell when you’re not congested.
- Vacuum and dust regularly.
Spring cleaning your indoor air
Your HVAC system comes fitted with a disposable air filter that catches dirt, debris, and allergens before they get inside or damage your system’s working parts. Consider buying an air filter with a higher efficiency rating, as these can be more effective at trapping the pesky spring invaders. If you’re confused by the different options, Ernst Heating & Cooling can offer recommendations for your particular HVAC unit and your family’s individual needs.
How do your ducts look? Chances are, you can’t see what’s lurking behind your walls. Ernst Heating & Cooling offers duct cleaning services, which regularly grab the dust and other debris blown around your home.
An air filtration system goes a step beyond clearing the air. It can rid your home of dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, and dirt that may be invisible to the human eye but irritate the upper respiratory system. Ernst Heating & Cooling installs Lennox®’s Healthy Climate Solutions™ to scrub the air and remove the allergens.
You deserve to enjoy the spring months without always needing a tissue box nearby. Ernst Heating & Cooling can help you and your family breathe freely indoors. If you’ve been wondering if you could benefit from a whole-house air filtration system or an individual air cleaner, call Ernst Heating & Cooling at 618.217.1836 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Ernst Heating & Cooling is here to keep your home comfortable (and cut down on your tissue bill!)