Preparing Your Air Conditioning Unit for Seasonal Allergies

Posted on: 4 December 2017


Seasonal changes can be very exciting for a majority of the population. The transition from summer to fall and then to winter often comes along with activity changes, fashion adjustments and mood changes as well.

However, another unwelcome guest is always lurking in the dark with every seasonal change. Seasonal allergies tend to catch their victims off guard, before they are adequately prepared. Your air conditioning unit can be a major contributor to such allergies. Pollen, mold, and other airborne allergens can easily be circulated by your air conditioning unit and lead to an uncomfortable indoor space.

So what steps can you take to prepare your A/C to deal with these annoying seasonal allergies and improve indoor air quality?

Regularly clean your air ducts

Your air ducts are the most likely cause of pollen, mold and other allergens being present in your home when the air conditioning unit is turned on. Be sure to schedule cleaning of your air ducts whenever the season changes from warm to cool, or cool to warm. Clean air ducts directly result in higher indoor air quality.

Filters should be routinely replaced

The other component of your air conditioning unit that affects indoor air quality is your filters. Clogged and dirty filters do not effectively clean air that is circulating, leading to a higher presence of allergens in the home.

Make sure you regularly clean and replace your filters. Also keep an eye on how often your filters get clogged. If this happens too often, you may need to take a second look at the overall air quality in and around your home.

Closely monitor the humidity

The relationship between air conditioning and humidity is often overlooked. Humid and damp air in the home can lead to the growth of allergens such as mold. This can cause indoor air to be littered with seasonal allergens.

Control the humidity of your indoor air by making sure your air conditioning unit keeps dry and fresh air in circulation whenever it is running.

Use air filters

In some cases, a team effort is necessary. Couple your air conditioning unit with air filters such as HEPA air filters. These filters work by trapping allergens and other air pollutants as the air circulates around the room. Some are even designed to be extra sensitive to particular allergens.

You should also control how you open and close your windows. Minimizing open windows can reduce the likelihood of allergens finding their way into your home. 

Contact a company like Wise Choice Heating and Cooling for additional advice.