If you or anyone in your family has allergies, then you are probably very familiar with the irritating symptoms they can produce. They include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat, and coughing.
While taking your allergy medications and keeping your doors and windows closed when outdoor allergen counts are high, your heating installation contractor can also help. Here are some ways your heating installation contractor can help enhance the air quality in your home so that you and your family can breathe easier:
Check For Allergens In Ductwork
Allergens such as mold spores and animal dander can be lurking inside your ductwork. If your heating contractor notices that your ductwork is filled with animal fur or dander, he or she can clean it up easily, If, however, your contractor notices evidence of black mold inside the ductwork, he or she may recommend that you contact a mold remediation company.
If mold infestation is extensive and cannot be mitigated safely, the heating professional may replace the ductwork entirely. It is important that all ductwork be free from mold because you may breathe in mold spores every time your furnace is turned on. Over time, this can heighten your risk for fungal infections of the sinuses and lungs.
Change Air Filters
Dirty air filters can blow dust and other debris into the air when the heater or air conditioner is turned on. It is essential that your filters be changed at least a couple times a year to help ensure that allergens are kept to a minimum.
While homeowners can change their own furnace filters, it is better to rely on the professional experience of your heating technician. While the contractor is changing the filters, he or she will also examine the the unit to check for structural or mechanical problems. When air filters are replaced in a timely manner, airborne allergens will be kept to a minimum and dust accumulation on your tables, furniture, and floors will also be reduced.
Make an appointment with your heating contractor to check your ventilation system and ductwork, and to change your furnace filters. Regular maintenance will help keep you and your family healthy by reducing airborne allergens so that allergy symptoms are kept to a minimum. Also, if you believe that your ventilation system has been contaminated with mold because of a flood or leak in your roof, it is essential that the heating professional evaluate the situation as soon as possible so that mitigation services can be implemented as soon as possible.