Preventing Spring Allergens in the Home

 

This Spring season is upon us, which means warmer weather, beautiful flowers and nobody’s favorite, pollen. Our area has seen some pretty high pollen counts so far, which can make you and your loved ones suffer from allergies. Because of this, HVAC maintenance is a must to help any allergy sufferer!

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The air filters in your HVAC system (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) are capable of reducing or eliminating various bacteria, viruses, mold, dust, pet odors and allergens. To maximize the improvement of your indoor air quality, you should change your air filters once or month, or at least every 90 days. If you are prone to allergies, you may need to change your filters more frequently. It is also best to choose filters that have a MERV rating of 8 to 12. This rating tells you how well the filters remove particles, as the air passes through. The higher the rating, the more efficient a filter is.

Another way to prevent allergens from circulating in your home is to use the “fan only” setting on your HVAC system. When the fan is on, the air is cleaning, as it must first pass through a filter which removes any contaminants. However, you may need to consider energy costs, as some fans aren’t very efficient. You can also make a few other small changes to keep out allergens in your home: shut all of your windows to keep out pollen, take your shoes off at the door, don’t smoke and use vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters.

Finally, getting a Spring HVAC tune-up can further prevent allergens and help you increase your system’s efficiency. Our professionals can inspect your system to ensure that the airflow is functional and capable of properly eliminating any contaminants from your indoor air. Give us a call today!