Duct sealing and cleaning to prevent spring allergies

Suppose there are allergies that I’ve found hard to manage, pollen and dust allergies, especially during spring.

We all have them.

My husband and two kids must keep up with heating maintenance, especially changing the filters to keep the air fresh and triggers away. During a heating repair on our furnace, our home services HVAC tech told us that if we wanted to stay ahead of the seasonal allergy triggers l, we’d have to add ductwork cleaning and care to our routine heating device care. I learned how the ducts came into the equation when the HVAC serviceman explained that the dirt in the air filters passes through them and possibly collects within unless the blower or something else is strong enough to push it out. That was something we’d never done since moving to our home, and the heating dealer had yet to find a reason for us to clean the ducts, but five years is good enough time to have them cleaned, so we agreed to it. When I told my husband, he thought it was a lot of work and maintenance and possibly a sign for us to go ductless with a heat pump like our neighbors, but then we’d still need an alternative heat source for the coldest days. I still didn’t get the whole fuss about trying new heating technology because it felt like another expense in the heating industry that we couldn’t afford. We had already upgraded to a digital thermostat which was his idea, but I was not ready for another change. So I scheduled for duct cleaning, which revealed we had minor cracks that could let in dust and other debris. However, despite my fears that it would be a big problem, duct sealing was enough to fix the cracks, and our home was officially spring ready.



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