It appears that the allergy season kicked in early this year in the Los Angeles basin. With unusually warm weather and drought conditions, trees were pollinating much earlier than normal. Along with all the extra pollen this year is a rough dose of springtime allergies that are clogging sinuses, and having you reaching for tissue paper more often than you probably care.
It is no surprise that air quality in the Los Angeles area is less than pristine many times of the year. When outdoor air quality aggravates your springtime allergies you probably just want to go indoors to escape the misery. Once indoors you may not find the relief you are looking for no matter how many allergy medications you are taking. It is very possible that the air inside your home is just as awash in dust, pollens, and other air particulates as outdoors.
There are steps you can take to reduce the amount of dust and other airborne particles that are floating through your home. Once step is to check the air filter on your home heating and air conditioning system. You may find that it is clogged and needs changing. It is recommended that you change your air filter at least once per month with a high efficiency filter. This type filter works to capture airborne particles much smaller than a standard filter would grab. If you’re not sure of the filter to use then consult an expert HVAC technician for advice.
Of course there are other steps you can take to reduce the amount of dirty air inside your home such as:
- Vacuuming your carpets at least twice a week
- Using a portable home air cleaner with a HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filter in your individual rooms
- Washing your bedding at least once per week to control dust mites
- Controlling pollen by keeping windows and doors shut
For questions about improving your indoor air quality for keeping springtime allergies at bay, contact us today at Around the Clock Heating and Air Conditioning. Our expert HVAC technicians have been serving your air quality needs since 1967.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Los Angeles, North Hollywood and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about springtime allergies and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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