If you sneeze all year long, or feel like you have constant congestion, itchy skin and watery eyes, the problem might not be outside. It could be the air conditioner filter sitting in your air handler. An air conditioner service company can replace your air conditioner's filter for you, but you can do this yourself each month so you can enjoy healthier air all summer long.
Your air conditioner service technician can supply you with a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter for the central air conditioning unit of your house, or pick one up at your nearest home supply store yourself. This type of air filter has tiny openings that are able to capture pollen. Pollen is one of the most common seasonal allergies and is brought into your home when the air conditioner cycles. The filter can trap the pollen before it reaches your home's living spaces.
If you have a pet in your home, your pet's dander may be causing your sneezes and sniffles. Dog and cat allergies are a common cause of year-round allergy symptoms. A new air filter can collect the hair and dander shed from your pet, and the air you breathe will be cleaner. You may experience fewer symptoms, such as coughing and sneezing, once your air filter is replaced.
Dust and dust mites are also common allergies that cause people to sneeze all year. A HEPA filter installed by your air conditioner technician will do a good job trapping dust. You may see fewer dust particles floating in the air of your home after the filter is replaced. You can also outfit your home's central vacuum or your vacuum cleaner with a new HEPA filter to capture even more dust.