For many of us in the Triangle, the arrival of spring means more than just good weather. Allergies can make going outside miserable, but without proper HVAC maintenance, your home’s interior can be even worse. Here are Rapid Repair Experts’ top 3 tips to prevent spring allergies with your air conditioner.
Plug holes in A/C vents in Raleigh, NC
Your ductwork is located in either the crawlspace or attic, two of the dirtiest areas of any home. Studies show that the average duct leakage is over 20%! That’s the equivalent of leaving a window open all year round. Leakage results from small holes at the seams, collars and boots of the ductwork. Lift any floor register in your home, and you’ll likely see air gaps around the metal “boot”. These holes allow dirty air and bugs to enter your home. How do you fix this? Rapid Repair Experts recommend using mastic, a simple product you can spread over all connections for a tight seal. Mastic is a great go-to solution, but be warned- it is a nasty job. If you don’t feel like getting dirty to clear up your allergies, give us a call.
Eliminate mold and mildew in Durham
Mold and mildew spores can aggravate allergy symptoms and even lead to more serious health problems. Along with the ductwork, the drip pan, evaporator coils and any area prone to moisture should be thoroughly cleaned. DIY remedies and homemade solutions can actually damage your HVAC equipment, so leave system cleaning to the professionals at Rapid Repair Experts. Our Service Club maintenance plans include thorough equipment cleaning that will improve the overall performance of your HVAC system. In addition, an air scrubber or UV light can help to prevent spring allergies by eliminating particles in the air.
Prevent spring allergies with media filters in Chapel Hill
You may have heard that running your air conditioner’s fan in the ON setting can help with allergy symptoms. While this does filter particles more frequently, it can actually lead to bigger problems. The ON setting runs the A/C unit fan non-stop. This combined with the high humidity in the Triangle turns your ductwork into an ideal environment for organic growth. NEVER set your fan to ON. New thermostat models have a “circulate feature” that allows for proper filtration without increasing humidity. If you have an older thermostat, use the AUTO setting. In addition, upgrade from your $10 air filters to a high efficiency media filter. Media filters can be 97% efficient and only require annual changes.
Don’t spend the spring sneezing in your home. Call Rapid Repair Experts and fight back against your allergies today!