Posted on: 4 June 2021
If you have a child that suffers from asthma and allergies, you're probably concerned about the air quality in your home. You can't do anything about the air quality outdoors or in your child's school, but you can make the air in your home as clean as possible. Start by talking to an indoor air quality professional. Some HVAC companies offer indoor air quality services since the equipment hooks up to your HVAC. Here are ways to improve your home's air quality.
Eliminate As Much Dust As Possible
If your AC ducts are old, you may want them checked to see if they're full of dust. If so, you can have the ducts cleaned to get rid of dust, rodent hairs, and other allergens. Also, be sure to change your HVAC filter on schedule and keep your furnace and air handler clean and free of dust.
Upgrade Your HVAC Filter
There are several types of air filters you can use, including a HEPA filter. These clean your air better than a standard filter. It's a good idea to ask an HVAC professional about suitable filters and check your owner's manual for your HVAC so you don't install a filter that restricts airflow and creates problems with your equipment.
Install An Air Cleaner On Your HVAC
The HVAC filter keeps a lot of dust and allergens out of your air handler, but you can also have an air cleaner installed in your ducts for much more thorough air cleaning.
Media filters that fit in your ducts are thicker and composed of multiple layers. They only need to be changed about once a year, so they're convenient to use. These don't require any electricity while electronic filters do. Electronic filters can remove allergens such as pet dander and dust. These filters don't need to be replaced, but they do need to be cleaned regularly.
If your child gets sick frequently with colds and lung infections, you may want to have a UV light installed in your ducts as well, to reduce the number of germs that float through the air in your home.
These steps help keep your indoor air cleaner, but you'll still need to do things like dust and vacuum frequently. You might even need to remove carpet in your home and make your child's room as allergen-free as possible. Living with asthma and allergies isn't much fun, but with the right air cleaning equipment, lifestyle changes, and medical management, you can hopefully reduce the number of attacks and flares your child has.Share