Don't Get Stuck With AC Sniffles This Summer: How To Prevent AC-Related Allergy Symptoms

Now that the final weeks of winter are winding down, you're probably ready for the warm weather to arrive. Once it does arrive, you'll be wanting to turn on your air conditioner to keep you cool. You might not know this, but turning your air conditioner on could be the start of your allergy season. Most people don't realize that allergy symptoms can come straight from the air conditioner since your air conditioner is the perfect place for mold spores to grow. To make sure you're not plagued with allergy symptoms each time you use your air conditioner this summer, here are three simple steps you can take.

Watch for Mold on the Vents

Knowing that mold can grow in your air conditioner, condensation tube, drain pan, and vents, it's important to watch for the warning signs that signify active spores. It's not always easy to look inside the drain pan or condensation tube. However, it is easy to watch your vents. If you've got moisture in your air ducts, the mold spores are going to start spreading. Once the mold has been left alone long enough, it will run out of space in the ducts, and start coming out of the vent covers. Keep an eye on your vents. If you see the faintest tint of green, it's time to call your air conditioner repair technician immediately.

Clean and Sanitize Your Evaporative Coils

You probably couldn't tell by looking, but the evaporative coils on your air conditioning unit are a breeding ground for mold, allergens and bacteria. Unfortunately, every time you turn your air conditioner on, the air that is pulled through those vents ends up inside your home. That means that the air you're breathing is filled with all the mold, allergens and bacteria that are living, and breeding, inside your evaporative coils. To take care of that problem, you should give your evaporative coils a good cleaning and sanitizing before you turn your AC on for the first time this summer, and then once a month through the remainder of the summer. Fill a garden sprayer with water and add about two cups of liquid bleach. Spray your coils with the solution and allow it to soak in for about 30 minutes. Place a nozzle on your garden hose and spray your coils until the water runs clear.

Install an Air Purifier

If you don't have an air purifier in your home, you should get one before summer arrives. Installing an air purifier will help rid your home of the mold, allergens, and bacteria that are making you sick. In fact, to keep the air inside your home clean all year long, use your air purifier during the winter too. Once you have your air purifier installed in your home, be sure to keep the filter clean. A dirty filter on your purifier can cause problems with your air quality too.

Contact a local company for professional air conditioning services.