Keeping allergens out of your home

Keeping allergens out of your home

WICHITA FALLS, TX - As temperatures change in Texoma one word comes to mind, allergies. 
    While you can avoid being outdoors to keep your spring allergies under control, there may be some allergens creeping into your home. 
    But experts say keeping your HVAC systems maintained and changing those filters regularly could help you keep those symptoms at bay. 
    "An HVAC system can harbor a myriad of different things," David Ford, President of DUCTZ said. 
    Ford said this can include pollen from outside your home, mold, dander from your pets or pest droppings. Which is why keeping your doors and windows shut is very important. 
    "Whatever was outside is being pulled into the house through the breeze and so any of those allergy triggers could be now inside your home," Ford said.
    Another way to help keep these allergens out is by changing your filters. 
    "Every house is different. So some people change them every month, some people change them every three months, it's fine. It depends on how leaky your house is with the outdoor air. It depends on a lot of stuff, pets in your house, other stuff like that," Clayton Lane, Project Manager for James Lane Air Conditioning & Plumbing said.
      Another piece of advice is to keep the air flowing inside your home. 
    "The thing about this time of year is that our air conditioners and heaters aren't running as much as they normally would, so you're not filtering the air as much as you should be, so if you keep your fan on it's going to allow you to filter all those allergens, dust, pollen, anything that's going to get into your house," Lane said. 
    Regardless of your filter maintenance, you should give it a look every month. Depending on your home an upgrade in filter size may be necessary.
    When it comes to your HVAC system, it should be inspected annually and cleaned every three to five years. 

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6
    
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