Keeping Springtime Pollen & Allergies Out with HVAC Maintenance

Keeping Springtime Pollen & Allergies Out with HVAC Maintenance

While most of us appreciate the added hours of sunlight and the beautiful blooms that springtime brings each year, all of us could do without the bad allergies springtime pollen clouds cause. Look around Tuscaloosa recently and you are sure to see all the symptoms — or should we say aftermath — of springtime pollen storms all over the place. There are black Labradors turning striped like honeybees, cars coated in a centimeter of yellow after being parked for just a few hours, and virtually every street starts looking like the Yellow Brick Road of Oz. With the Pollen Problem in full swing, it is time to start learning about smart solutions made possible with the help of Banks Quarles, your friendly neighborhood HVAC experts!

When the Sniffles Get Serious

For many people, the Pollen Problem is just an annoyance. Wiping pollen off your windshield takes a moment or two, and sneezing every so often isn’t all that bad, especially if your sinuses were clogged beforehand. But for many others, it is a legitimate problem and health concern. Allergies, asthma, and breathing problems will be exacerbated by springtime pollen storms, to the point where it might trigger a serious health concern that requires the attention of a medical professional.

Staying inside in a bubble is not the only way to steer clear of the worst that blooming flowers and trees can do, though. To be proactive about solving the Pollen Problem this spring, let Banks Quarles offer you some real tips and solutions, like a tune-up for your heating and air conditioning system, or a thorough duct cleaning. With a little bit of work, you can drastically improve the indoor air quality of your home and minimize pollen exposure.

HVAC Maintenance & Pollen Control for the Spring

The best way to deal with a problem is to prevent it from ever happening in the first place. This philosophy applies to pollen control as well. We have a quick checklist here to consider when thinking about ways to stop pollen from entering your home and triggering bad allergies, as well as general discomfort.

Reduce pollen buildup and other allergens with this springtime HVAC work checklist:

  • Air filters: In many ways, the air filter in your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system is your first line of defense when springtime pollen goes on the march. Ideally, you will change your air filter once every 60 days, but it could be needed more often in the height of spring. If you can’t remember the last time you changed your air filter, definitely start this spring by doing so. Don’t be embarrassed, though, as most homeowners will admit to swapping that thing out about once a year. Also, we advise investing in the top grade filters that handle everything from pollen and dust to bugs and smoke. It costs a bit more, but it makes a big difference.
  • Duct cleaning: From regular use, the vents of your HVAC system will start to get bogged down by dust and other forms of debris. This is not good. After a few years, turning on your heater or AC unit will stir up the sediment layer and blast it right into your home, bypassing your system’s filter! Schedule a duct cleaning at the beginning of spring for a fresh start this season.
  • Duct sealing: Everything starts to break down with age and time, including the ducts of your HVAC system. If you living in an older home, then it is likely that some of your vents are too ventilated because they have new holes, cracks, and splits from normal wear and tear. Get a duct sealing from our pros, and we will patch up all those gaps in no time. Best of all, sealed ducts that don’t leak air also mean your HVAC system becomes more efficient, which reduces your energy bills each month.
  • Outdoor cleaning: Really bad pollen in your home probably means it has near-direct access from the outside to your HVAC system. How can this be? Time to check on your outdoor unit! If grass, flowers, and trees are immediately next to your outdoor unit, then any sort of pollen or dust they give off will be sucked right into the system when the unit turns on. Clearing out a bit of the flora will a shovel and rake can make a big difference. However, use some caution, as small animals like birds and mice might have moved into the outdoor unit for a springtime getaway. When in doubt, call our HVAC pros and we will oust the little critters quickly and safely.
  • Thermostat: Last but not least, the thermostat that controls your HVAC system needs to be running well, or else it will contribute to the Pollen Problem. An inaccurate thermostat can run the system more often than necessary, sucking up pollen and throwing it into each room of your house each time. Upgrade your thermostat to an accurate model and you should see a decline in both indoor allergens and energy bills as your system’s efficiency rises.

How Banks Quarles Solves the Springtime Pollen Problem

If you have had enough with pollen causing your kids, your spouse, and even your poor pets to suffer from bad allergies, then it is time to call up Banks Quarles of Tuscaloosa County! We have some awesome springtime HVAC services you can use to get pollen under control for the season and beyond. As discussed, duct cleaning is a must, but you may also be interested in a springtime HVAC tune-up.

In your HVAC tune-up, you can expect the following great services at a great price:

  • Inspection: A thorough inspection of your HVAC system, including the indoor and condenser coils, bearings, electrical wiring and contact plates, fan blades, capacitors, valves, ducts, etc.
  • Calibration: A careful calibration of key HVAC system components, such as the thermostat, blower motor, compressor, and others.
  • Cleaning: A deep clean of parts that tend to take the worst of a pollen storm, like the air filter, condensate drain, refrigerant, and condenser coil.

You are sure to love this fantastic and comprehensive service, not just because of our friendly, professional team but also because of the way it hits the Pollen Problem at its root — some pun intended. Get us on the job so you and your family can feel cozy in your home again, rather than sneezy, itchy, and congested. After all, the springtime is meant to be relaxing and invigorating! Make it happen by contacting Banks Quarles now.

Dial (205) 293-0021 to arrange a springtime HVAC pollen control service, duct cleaning, or tune-up. We answer the phone 24/7 for emergencies, too!

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