For allergy sufferers, spring can be a mixed blessing, bringing warmth… and pollen. Luckily you can banish the bad-side of the highly-anticipated spring season with a little help from your friendly neighborhood HVAC company.
How Can My HVAC System Help Me Combat Spring Allergies?
The best heating and air conditioning companies understand the role an HVAC system plays in maintaining indoor air quality and health, and how to create a cleaner, healthier home environment that is more pleasant for allergy sufferers. How can heating and cooling units be an ally in the allergy arena? You can use your HVAC system to reduce allergy-producing particles in your home in these 5 ways:
Reduce allergens with a better air filter. Home air filters are a great first line of defense against allergens. And while basic filters do a decent job of keeping the big chunks of dirt off internal AC components, they don’t do much for smaller particles that effect indoor air quality. For this, a HEPA air filter with a MERV rating of 10+ is best. Be careful when shopping, avoiding ‘HEPA-style’ filters, which don’t offer the same performance as true HEPA-rated filters. Before installing, consult a pro for necessary HVAC adjustments to avoid straining your system and causing damage.
Change your air filter regularly to prevent the spread of allergens through your home.
Regardless of the filter style you choose, regular filter changes are essential to reducing allergens in your home and supporting improved indoor air quality. Dirty filters spread contaminants through your home – and force your system to work harder to distribute air. Unless your technician informs you otherwise, most common filter styles require changing every 1-3 months for optimum performance.
Step-up your system.
Step-up your HVAC system with an air purifier addition. Indoor air quality systems such as air purifiers, ionizers, and UV light air purifiers can greatly reduce the number of allergens, bacteria, and other contaminants in the air in your home. Electrically-charged air purifiers attract and trap small particles as they travel through the system, and UV light filtration can destroy harmful mold and germs, preventing distribution through your home via ductwork.
Regularly inspect and clean ductwork.
Poorly sealed, leaky ductwork can grab allergen-inducing particles from your basement, crawlspace or attic. Prevent dust buildup in ducts by having them regularly inspected during annual system maintenance. When ducts become dirty, have them professionally cleaned to remove dust, dander, pollen, insects, and other debris that can spread through your home and worsen allergy symptoms.
Keep humidity levels in check with a humidifier/dehumidifier addition.
Keep relative humidity levels at 40% with the aid of a whole house humidifier/dehumidifier addition. Too damp, and allergy-inducing mold/mildew can quickly develop. Too dry, and allergen-inducing particles remain airborne longer, becoming more easily spread.
Don’t sneeze your way through spring and summer. Enjoy the warm weather season in the refuge of your home with the help of the pros at H & H Heating & Air Conditioning today.