Spring has sprung, and with it comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and pollen. For those who suffer from allergies, it’s a difficult time, but did you know that pollen can also harm your HVAC system? Here’s how pollen affects your HVAC unit and what you should do about it.
How Pollen Affects Your HVAC Unit
Pollen, that pesky powder released by plants, can enter your home and create a buildup of dust, dirt, and other particles on your furniture — and in your HVAC system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t just mean poorer indoor air quality.
It can also lead to clogged air filters and restricted airflow, which causes poor air circulation and decreased cooling and heating performance. It can also make your HVAC system to work harder than it should, leading to higher energy bills.
Ways You Can Reduce the Pollen in Your Home
Luckily, homeowners can take steps to lower the amount of pollen in their homes and protect their HVAC systems. Here are some options to try:
- Change your air filter regularly: The filter in your HVAC system is designed to capture pollen and other airborne particles, but it needs to be changed regularly to work effectively.
- Use an air purifier: An air purifier can help to reduce the amount of pollen and other particles in the air, allowing your HVAC system to run more efficiently.
- Keep your windows and doors closed: Opening your windows and doors allows pollen to enter your home, so keeping them closed can help to keep the pollen out.
- Clean and vacuum regularly: Vacuuming and dusting regularly can help reduce the amount of pollen in your home and the amount of pollen collected by your HVAC system.
- Install a pollen barrier: Installing a pollen barrier, such as screens or plastic sheets, can help to keep pollen out of your home.
These steps can help you reduce the amount of pollen that gets into your home and HVAC system.
When HVAC Maintenance Is Needed
Even with regular cleaning and other pollen reduction methods, during high pollen times of the year, your HVAC system can still become overloaded with it. If you think your HVAC system has too much pollen, there are some signs you can look for. They include your air filter becoming clogged more quickly, higher energy bills, and decreased HVAC performance.
When you notice these symptoms of pollen overload, it’s time to call for professional maintenance. A skilled technician will be able to deep clean your HVAC system and remove the excess pollen. They’ll also inspect and repair your system to keep it running at top performance.
HVAC Maintenance From Preferred Home Services
To keep your HVAC system running well in your Greenville-area home, count on the team at Preferred Home Services. We offer comprehensive HVAC maintenance services, so you can trust us to prepare your HVAC system for the upcoming season.
Springtime is an excellent time for HVAC system maintenance since the milder weather means you aren’t relying on it as much as usual. Springtime maintenance allows our professionals to tune up your HVAC system and prepare it for the hot summer weather.