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Seasonal Allergies: Is Your AC Helping You?

Are you an allergy sufferer? Spring is quickly approaching and some of you may find yourself locking the doors and barring the windows in order to prevent seasonal allergy flare ups. In actuality, you may be setting yourself up for even more misery if your air conditioner isn’t properly cleaned after the winter season.

 

Allergens Around You

Air conditioners are a mass of ductwork and vents leading into the various areas throughout your humble abode. This can be a recipe for disaster if you go from winter to spring without a thorough cleaning of your unit along with the ductwork and vents. Built up dust and allergens circulating throughout your home not only causes the common symptoms such as sniffles, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes; it can also mean big trouble for those suffering from breathing problems such as asthma, emphysema, or any other respiratory problems. A clean air vent could mean the difference between life and death for those individuals.

 

Call In The Pros

What seems like a simple and easy task can turn into hours of rigorous and back-breaking cleaning. Even then you might not be able to reach every nook and cranny of your ventilation system. This is where the professionals, like the professionals at A Superior AC, come in. Professionals will take the time to thoroughly inspect every inch of your unit and will remove all debris and dust that might have accumulated during the off season. Your unit along with all of the ductwork will be checked for visible dirt and dust build up. Also, cleaning your filter will ensure you breathable air by reducing or eliminating all of the invisible germs and microorganisms that are regularly circulated by your unit.

 

Mold Spores and You

Seasonal allergy sufferers not only benefit from this practice by relief of symptoms but some allergens can be potentially deadly. Allergens such as toxic mold spores can breed and live in the musty ductwork of your home. It is advised to use a spray disinfectant that is EPA certified for HVAC use and thoroughly clean all inner workings of the unit as well as vents. Mold spores in the air can lead to chronic and prolonged bouts of coughing as well as more severe symptoms such as headaches, allergic reactions or poisoning by mycotoxins, and even fungal infection (mycosis).

 

The Importance of Air Filters

The single most important feature of your air conditioning unit is the filter. While some may say changing the filter seems like a “simple” task, routine checks are still hard to remember with the chaos of everyday life. In reality, changing your HVAC filter is probably low on your to-do list. Meanwhile, it sits inside the unit collecting a build up of dust, dander, and pollen just waiting to clog your system and keep it from running efficiently. Changing your filter regularly will cut down on allergies and maintain a healthy living environment for your family. It is recommended that someone with severe allergies change their filter as much as every 20 to 45 days to prevent air borne allergens. Let your AC unit help you keep your seasonal allergies at bay!

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