Have you been sniffling and sneezing a lot this summer?
It might not only be seasonal allergies like those caused by tree, grass, and weed pollen. The cause may not lie outside your home, but inside.
Dust may be circulating around your home through your HVAC system. That means irritants are anywhere you are in your home. And since you’re likely spending more time at home lately, there’s not much escape from them.
What to do about the dust? We have some solutions that can help you breathe easier. At least until you go outside where the pollen is.
Change the HVAC filter. You should let no more than three months go by before replacing your filters. If you have pets, or people living in your home have respiratory conditions like allergies, asthma, emphysema, or COPD, you may have to change the filters once a month. This also helps your HVAC system run more efficiently and reduces wear on your HVAC equipment.
Get your ductwork professionally cleaned. In addition to dust, there can be dirt, pollen and even mold inside your ductwork. All of the can be being blown into your living spaces right now.
Clean registers and vents. First vacuum, then use a damp cloth and thoroughly dry. All that dust, dirt, etc., on them? Will no longer be blowing into your rooms.
Clean exhaust fans. Turn off the power. Remove the covers and wash them. Dry them thoroughly before putting them back. They’ll work more efficiently.
Get out the vacuum. Now is not the time to do a quick vacuuming. Use the vacuum to suck away cobwebs, clear out the crevices and between cushions of upholstered furniture, and get dust out of draperies if you’re not taking them to be cleaned.
Clean all surfaces. Dust and wash walls, windows, trim and blinds.
Declutter. All that paper piled up and all your other clutter are collecting dust as you avoid dealing with them.