Posted on: 25 September 2015
If you have recently turned on your air conditioner and started sneezing, there may be a lot more than just cold air blowing into your home. Allergens from outside as well as allergens you did not know were lurking in your forced air system are likely causing your allergies to go into overtime. If you want to stop sneezing, itching and stop the congestion and runny nose and just enjoy the comfortable, cool air, you will need to do the following.
Have a Mold Remediation Specialist Check Around
Mold and mildew hide out basements, but they can also lurk in and around your air conditioner's condenser box outside. A mold remediation specialist can poke around and find out where the spores for these two major allergens are hiding, and help you eliminate them. After the specialist has killed all the mold and mildew located in, on or near the air conditioner and the furnace, then you should run a dehumidifier in the basement to control the dampness and control a reemergence of mold and mildew.
Hire an HVAC Contractor for Air Conditioning Service
After the mold specialist has finished, hire an HVAC contractor (like Enright and Sons) to come out and inspect your A/C unit, inside and out. He or she can take it apart, clean it, remove lint, leaves, dust, twigs, dirt and debris. The HVAC contractor may also be able to identify how some allergens are entering the home and provide solutions such as HEPA filters for your air conditioning unit. This controls the types and amounts of allergen particles entering your home from outdoors via your condenser box.
Change Your Furnace Filter
It goes without saying, changing the furnace filter removes a lot of the dust that floats through your ventilation system. If you also pay extra money for a higher quality of furnace filter with HEPA filtration built in, then you can enjoy at least one month of breathable, comfortable air without upper respiratory problems. If your furnace filter is dirty, so is your air, and the quality of air, cold or hot, is poor. If your furnace filter somehow is contaminated by mold and mildew as well, you will smell the mildew odors coming through the vents every time the air conditioning or heat kicks in. That is why it is so important to check and change the filter monthly, or however frequently your higher quality filters say you need to change them.Share