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Spring’s on the Way; Look out for These 4 Things

Spring’s on the Way; Look out for These 4 Things

Spring is a beautiful time of year, but if you suffer from allergies, you might think otherwise. Although you can’t control outdoor pollen levels, you can reduce allergens in your Fort Worth home. Here are four things to look out for if you want cleaner indoor air and fewer sneezes and sniffles:

1. Dirty HVAC Air Filters

Nothing will pollute indoor air faster than a dirty HVAC filter. If it’s already clogged with grit, it can’t trap allergens and keep your air clean. Change your filters every month. Also, check out filters with a higher MERV rating. Filters with a 9-12 MERV can catch 95 percent of airborne allergens including pollen, mold spores and dust mites.

2. Grimy Air Conditioner

A spring cleaning for your AC system will do a lot to improve indoor air quality. Tuneups include a deep equipment cleaning that will leave your system spic and span. Annual maintenance keeps your air conditioner healthy as well.

3. Polluted Ductwork

The ductwork in your Fort Worth home may be loaded with allergens and irritants, all of which can be blowing into your living space and contaminating your indoor air. Ducts provide a safe refuge for pollen, dander, dust mites, bacteria, insect parts, rodent droppings, mold, mildew and other fungi; cracks in ductwork make it easy for these irritants to invade your home. Professional duct cleaning can make a huge difference in your indoor air quality, and your technician can repair any cracks to keep these pollutants outside where they belong.

4. Poor Ventilation

Insufficient ventilation in tightly-sealed Texas buildings allows allergens to reach high concentrations. A ventilation fan or a whole-house ventilation system can keep fresh air circulating and dissipate contaminant buildup.

To learn about additional options for an allergen-free Fort Worth home, visit Airwise Heating & Air Conditioning or call (817) 444-0090.