The summer is a time of sun and fun, but at least for those with allergies, it can also be a taxing season. For homeowners who suffer from allergies, the season can be doubly taxing. As temperatures rise, so do air conditioning bills. As pollen builds up inside the house, it causes eyes to water and noses to run. If you own an air-conditioned home and suffer from pollen-related allergies, make your summer easier on your both your wallet and your sinuses with these three tips.
Replace Your Air Filter
If you find yourself constantly sneezing inside, check your home's air filter. It may be dirty and need replacing.
This is an easy job to do yourself. You can purchase a new air filter at your local hardware store. Then, you just have to slide out the old filter and insert the new one.
Changing out your air filter will not only improve the indoor air quality of your house, but it will also help your air conditioner run more efficiently during the hottest months of summer. According to Angie's List, changing your air filter regularly can shave 5 to 15 percent off of your utility costs. If you spend $250 a month in the summer on cooling, a new air filter could save you up to $37.50 each month.
Keep Your Windows Closed
Keeping your windows closed during the day will keep in the cold air that your air conditioner pumps. How well the windows insulate against the heat will depend on the way they're built. Double-pane windows are better insulators than single-pane ones, and triple-pane windows are the best at insulating. All glass, however, will keep pollen out of your home.
Install an Air Conditioner with a Built-In Air Purifier
If you really want to improve your home's indoor air quality, you can purchase an air purifier. An air purifier will remove airborne particles, including pollen, dust mites, and mold spores. It will also use electricity, though. By installing a central air conditioner that has a built-in air purifier, you'll be able to improve the air in your house without paying to run another appliance.
You don't have to suffer from allergies or high cooling costs this summer. You can improve your air quality and keep your home cool by replacing your air filter, keeping your windows closed, and installing an air conditioner that has a built-in air purifier. Regardless of which methods fit in your budget, there's at least one way you can make the coming hot months easier on both your allergies and utility bills.
To further ensure your indoor air quality, consider speaking with a representative from Tailor Made Maintenance Inc.