Prepare your indoor air for spring allergens
Preparing your home for allergy season is something that should not be overlooked when spring is on the way. Unfortunately, one in five Americans suffer from asthma and seasonal allergy-related issues. Of all of the seasons, spring is usually the worst for those that suffer.
Your air conditioning and heating system is one of the main sources in keeping your home free of allergens throughout the year. Most homeowners do not realize it, but your indoor air is usually more polluted than outdoor air. Homes are now built with such a sound tightness that once pollutants reach the inside of your home, they are usually trapped within the home unless properly filtered and removed.
We as Americans spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, therefore we are more susceptible to the triggers of indoor air pollution. There are many options available to add to your existing air conditioning system that will greatly reduce the amount of harmful allergens and pollutants in the air you breathe inside.
A cleaning and checkup will help to reduce growth and dust in your system and keep the air passing through your system cleaner. Another long term option available is an indoor air filtration system that will reduce dust, allergens and pollutants by up to 99.9 percent. There are also UV light systems that can be added to reduce growth within the air conditioning system, and also reduce dust, allergens and pollutants. These are low-cost ways to prevent pollutants in your home and can be added to any existing system.
Dana Goldsborough Spears is the owner and contractor of Cornerstone Air Conditioning & Heating, Inc., in Land O'Lakes, Fla. As of Feb. 10, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check AngiesList.com for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.