Spring is here, and so are sneezy, sniffly noses, sore throats, and itchy eyes… That’s right – we’re talking spring allergies. When these symptoms hit, the best place you can be is indoors & somewhere with clean air quality. Most importantly, this safe place should be where you live! Did you know that you can eliminate some of the most common allergens from the air in your own home with some simple HVAC services? With these, you can eliminate what some might mistake as an allergy to air conditioning or forced heat and breathe in clean, allergen free air when you are in your home.
The air quality in your home is directly affected by how well your HVAC system filters and circulates. Without a good filtration system, you could be exposed to dust, pollen, and other allergens in the very place you seek solace from them! In order to improve air quality, your system must not only filter air coming into the system, but also the air it expels into your home.
To best filter the air in your home, you should consider installing a HEPA (High Energy Particulate Air) filter. HEPA filters are rated according to the MERV (minimum efficiency recording value) system and ranked with a value between 1-20. A higher rated HEPA filter will better clean your air. HEPA filters should be regularly cleaned or replaced on a monthly basis to continue their benefits, or more frequently if you are experiencing allergies or if the pollen count in your area is high.
HVAC maintenance can help with spring allergies, but that doesn’t mean spring is the only time to keep up with your filtration system and air purifyer. Maintaining filters to eliminate pollen, dust, dirt, and mold from your home’s air can also improve asthma and make your air as clean as possible. Keeping up with this and more maintenance, such as professional duct cleaning, can also potentially prevent more serious issues with your HVAC system. You should also schedule a maintenance check if you have recently experienced a rodent issue or renovated your home.