This season, there are a few spring staples you can count on:
- You can count on warmer temperatures and sunny days.
- You can count on April showers and May flowers.
- You can bet some of your favorite stores will be having Memorial Day sales.
- Your favorite outdoor activities will be starting up again soon.
And another thing you can count on this season is allergies caused by higher pollen and dust counts. That's it: the dark side of spring. Want to know what you can do to combat dust and pollen this spring? McLoughlin Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning is here to help you figure out how to do just that!
Why Preserving Air Quality is Important
The more dust and pollen make their way into your home and circulate throughout your HVAC system, the lower your air quality will be. Why does this matter? Aside from the fact that more dust in the air means more dust settling on your floors and furniture (which you'll then have to clean), low air quality can also have some pretty severe health consequences.
Dust and pollen in the air are most commonly associated with allergies, but they can also aggravate other respiratory conditions like asthma and COPD. Dust can also have adverse effects on your skin, eyes, nose and throat. Here are some symptoms that can begin or be made worse by the presence of dust in the air:
- Skin irritation
- Sore throat
- Red, watery eyes
How Your Air Filter Can Help
Your air filter’s sole purpose is to catch things like dirt, pollen, dust, mold, and other debris that enter your home, and trap them so that they don’t spread to the rest of the house.
Of course, the more debris your filter traps, the less it can handle. That’s why it is imperative for your air quality that you change your air filter at least every two to three months during the rest of the year, and once a month during spring.
If you are concerned about the cost of buying replacement filters so frequently, you can also invest in an eco-friendly washable filter and just clean it once a month. Regular household cleaning, like dusting the furniture and wiping down your air vents, also helps keep your filter cleaner for longer.
What Clean Air Can do For You
The benefits of improving your indoor air quality can be seen in both your health and the state of your home. Healthwise, you'll find that better air quality translates to less allergies, fewer asthma attacks, and no more itchy watery eyes, skin irritation, or scratchy throat.
You'll also find that the more consistent you are with replacing or cleaning your air filter, the less you'll have to clean your furniture and floors. As the classic Queen song says, "Another one gone, and another one gone / Another one bites the dust."
Don't let your spring plans fall into that rap of "biting the dust" just because pollen, dust, and other airborne contaminants are plentiful this time of year! The HVAC experts at McLoughlin Plumbing Heating Air Conditioning are here to help you improve your air quality! Give us a call today at (610) 624-8037 for information about all of our air quality services.