As nice as it is for Spring to have finally sprung, there are a few pitfalls to the change in seasons. Plants and flowers are coming back to life and the landscape is returning to a much more lush view. The bitter cold is fading away and we can finally venture outside of the house without bundling up. However, with all of these nice things comes the nefarious return of pollen and dust to the air.
Those of us who are allergy sufferers know that this can bring lots of ill effects. However, what can surprise you is that all of these allergens in the air can hit you even if you aren’t sensitive to seasonal allergies. Even more so, these can get into your house, affecting your indoor air quality and make you feel ill without even realizing it.
Is Your Air Quality Making You Sick?
Even if you aren’t allergic, the higher concentration of dust and pollen in the air can give you symptoms. They can be hard to notice at first but will certainly make you feel less than your best.
Sometimes, these symptoms are minor, such as headaches, slight stuffy noses or fatigue. It can be to the point of thinking that you may have a minor cold. In reality, this can be caused by a sensitivity to the air quality in your house.
Further, poor indoor air quality can mean that your air will have more viruses and bacteria in it, spreading actual illness more rapidly. Thankfully, there is a solution.
Will an Air Filter Help This Problem?
Absolutely. A well-maintained air filtration system can dramatically cut down on the number of allergens, in the form of dust and pollen, that make their way into your home.
The key to making sure your system is properly working is to maintain it properly, by changing the air filters as needed. The frequency with which you should replace these filters can depend on how many people you live in the house, how many pets you have and how often you are in the house (vacation versus primary residence, for example).
Some filters only need to be changed once or twice a year while others can be changed out monthly if it’s a primary residence with lots of pets. A professional can help determine the frequency of your air filter replacements.
Clean Air Can Save Money Too
Suddenly, with a well-maintained air filtration system, you should be seeing benefits and improvements to your overall wellbeing.
In addition to giving your system a break from the dust and pollen of outside, your HVAC system gets a break as well, as it won’t have to work as hard to circulate the air through your house.
This makes your system more energy efficient and cheaper to operate as well. In addition, your HVAC system will last longer, helping delaying eventual large maintenance bills and replacements. Your wallet will thank you just as much as your body when you have clean air in your house.
When we go about changing air filters this time of year, we can’t help but think of Queen’s song “Another One Bites the Dust,” mostly because people wait too long to maintain their air filtration system. If you have questions or concerns about your air filtration system, call a professional at Burnside Air Conditioning, Heating & Indoor Air Quality at (972) 562-7789.