With solid reasons ranging from allergies to COVID-19, cleaning your ventilation system is a good idea.
Originally, we were going to use this month’s post to discuss the ways that your ventilation system can help alleviate seasonal allergies. With cherry blossoms popping and baby maple buds sprouting, East Nashville’s allergy season is about to kick into high gear.
It seemed like a timely topic. And then March actually happened.
And you know what, friend? Yes. A tornado + COVID-19 is a bit much. But we’re hanging in there! We’re nothing if not adaptable. We’ve been out in the neighborhood A LOT these past few weeks and while the circumstances definitely sucked, we are incredibly thankful to be a part of this amazing community.
We were forced to reschedule many of our appointments in the days following the tornado so that we could pitch in and help out. To all of you wonderful and understanding people: thank you. Now we’re trying to make plans so we’ll be available when you need us. (That sound you hear? That’s the sound of the fates laughing.)
Now, for our regularly scheduled blog post. Sort of.
3 Ways to Use Your Heating and Cooling System to Alleviate Allergies
Install a whole-house air filter
Let’s get this one right out of the way: an air filter is not going to protect you from COVID-19.
Take it from Dr. Erin: “Your typical HEPA filter is not going to be able to remove coronavirus from the air,” said Dr. Erin Sorrell in a recent Buzzfeed article. “The filter itself is .3 microns and the virus itself is roughly .1 microns.”
So go wash your hands while all the introverts celebrate social distancing.
Here’s a big bonus: rather than forgetting to replace your filter every 4-6 weeks, you’ll only need to remember to replace it once or twice a year!
Keep it clean
The EPA recommends lowering the concentration of indoor air pollutants in your home by increasing the amount of clean outdoor air coming in.
To do this, clean in and around your heating and cooling unit. Your HVAC system pulls air from outside your home into your home. In other words, if your outdoor cat uses the corner next to your package unit as a squirrel burial ground, you may want to relocate the remains so that the air that’s being pulled into your home is as clean as possible.
Dust, dander, and debris can also be recirculated through your vents. To prevent this nastiness from occurring, we recommend shaving the indoor cats (JK) and cleaning and dusting the areas around your vents. Or at least just cleaning and dusting, if the shaving seems too daunting. If you need all-new ductwork, we can help with that.
Maintain healthy humidity levels
Take it from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, “Reducing humidity decreases dust mites and mold growth. Air conditioners help reduce humidity too. They can also prevent outdoor allergens. Keep your windows and doors closed. Turn your air conditioner on recirculate. These steps can help reduce outdoor allergens like pollen and mold.”
Another great way to maintain ideal humidity levels is to install a whole-house electrode humidifier. We have them and we can install them. If you live in East Nashville or Near East Nashville (also known as Madison, TN), contact Cumberland Cooling at 615-576-0742 for the best heating and cooling installation and repair this side of the Cumberland. Estimates and opinions are always free.