Summer is almost here. But that doesn’t mean that allergy season is just going to stop and all the pollen floating through the air disappear. This is a time when indoor allergens are going to be at their worst because homes are going to be shut off from the outside in order to keep the heat at bay.
However, you can use your air conditioner to help deal with your indoor allergens. Here’s how.
The Air Conditioner Fan
The air conditioner is part of the HVAC system of your home, and it includes a blower fan to circulate air around the house through the ductwork. Running the fan will help control the pollen in the air by keeping the air constantly moving. You don’t have to have the air conditioner’s compressor actually working; just the fan circulation is enough to help lower problems with allergens.
You’re probably thinking that it sounds expensive to keep running the AC fan so often. However, the newer variable-speed fan air conditioners (one of the types of high-efficiency air conditioners now available) use very little energy, even less than that needed to power a single lightbulb. You don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to have the pollen count in your home kept down.
Find the right temperature to limit allergens (and humidity)
The best daytime temperature for your air conditioner to help control allergens is 78°F. This is one of the ideal settings for helping to lower the relative humidity inside your house. Higher humidity provides an environment in which allergens can thrive, and cranking down the AC too far isn’t actually an effective way to reduce humidity—it can actually make it worse. Keep the windows and doors closed, settle on a higher AC temperature, and you’ll avoid many humidity-related allergen issues. (You should also consider have a whole-house humidifier installed.)