The Lakelands can be tons of fun during the summer. The sun is always blazing, the birds are always tweeting, but the pollen can be a nightmare, especially if you’re in the Forest Acres area.
For the most part Greenwood (The Lakelands) doesn’t have too many extreme periods that induce allergies. Moreover, ragweed pollen won't pose too much of an issue, year round, but grass and particularly tree pollen can pose a threat. People have grown accustomed to dealing with pollen when they’re out and about, just pop in an antihistamine and you’re usually good to go, alternatively just splash a bit of water on your face to remove any rogue allergens sticking to your skin. But we sometimes forget how to deal with it when we’re at home.
If you’re indoors, trying to escape the often horrid, sticky heat, then the last thing you want to do is open your windows or doors. Not only is it almost certainly going to lead to your house getting warmer, but it will almost certainly let in those annoying allergens. Your first instinct will probably be to turn your air conditioner on, but are you certain that your air conditioner will also block those allergens from coming in?
The only way to effectively protect yourself from allergens coming into your home through your air conditioner, is to ensure that it is properly maintained.
First, consider is the age of your unit. As a rule of thumb, if your unit is 7 years old or over, you should consider an AC replacement. The older your unit, the weaker it becomes. Newer models also tend to have better filters and condensers, meaning they are more better when it comes to cleaning outside air. If your air conditioner is older, then it might be time to hit up your local wholesale air conditioner store. They usually have some amazing sales during the summer months.
If you have a newer model, there are several other things that you can do to protect yourself from those allergies.
First, ensure that your air filter isn’t clogged up with dirt and grime. If your air filter isn’t free of dirt, it won’t work correctly. During the high-pollen season, make sure it is checked by a serviceman at least once a month to guarantee it is working properly.
Secondly, always make sure to inspect the outdoor area of the unit. Leaves tend to block the outside of the unity, which undermines the integrity of the filter.
Our advice – give it a wipe done and clear the debris so that nothing is blocking it.
Then, check the condenser, if you are unsure as to how, then the best thing to do is call a professional.
The Lakelands can be a lovely place, just make sure that the outdoors doesn’t interfere with the indoors.