Millions of people experience seasonal allergies each year, which can vary in severity. While some people’s allergy symptoms may only be a stuffy nose, others may experience symptoms that leave them miserable throughout spring and summer. No matter how bad your allergies are, your home should be an escape from the pollutants outside. However, indoor air quality can often be worse than outdoor air quality, making it hard to find peace and a soothing of symptoms indoors.
At Climate Mechanics, we offer a variety of HVAC services that can help improve your home’s indoor air quality and allow you to find solace in your home. With our variety of indoor air quality services, we can help improve the air in your home and hopefully reduce your allergy symptoms. In this blog, we are going to talk about seasonal allergies, your HVAC system, and how to improve your indoor air quality to reduce allergy symptoms. Read on to learn more and be sure to schedule a free estimate! We service a variety of locations throughout the Greater Cherry Hill area and beyond.
Use HEPA Filters
Not all filters are created equal. If you use a typical filter in your air conditioner and furnace, you could be allowing more pollutants to circulate through your air. Typical filters only filter out large dirt and debris particles, which helps to reduce damage to the system. This means that smaller particles that can affect your lungs and sinuses make it into the air your breath. By choosing the right filter, you can help to reduce the number of allergens circulating through your home.
HEPA filters are the best option when it comes to removing allergens from the air in your home. HEPA, also known as high-energy particulate air filters, can trap more than 99% of dust, pollen, and smoke. This means that the air you breathe will be cleaner and your allergy symptoms can be reduced.
While HEPA filters are the best for allergies, they do not work for every AC system. They can decrease airflow and cause performance issues. Before you swap out your old filter for a HEPA one, be sure to check that your system can use this type of filter. If you are not sure, our experts can help!
Choose The Right HEPA Filter
If you are looking for a HEPA filter that will be most effective at removing allergens from the air in your home, you need to understand how they are rated. HVAC filters are rated according to the MERV system, which ranges from MERV 1 to MERV 20. Filter’s ratings are based on how well they block particles of different sizes. The higher the rating, the better the filter is at removing tiny particles, such as pollen. A standard filter typically has a MERV rating of 8, a HEPA filter has a MERV rating of 17 or above, making it obvious what the better choice is. If you are looking for a filter that is the most beneficial for reducing your allergies, be sure to get a HEPA filter with the highest MERV rating.
Change Filter Regularly
For your filter to be effective and actually help keep your air clean and as free of allergens as possible, you need to be sure to change it often. Air filters should be changed at least every other month. Sometimes, if you live in an area with high pollen counts, you may need to change your filter more often than that. Your HVAC system will work better when the filter is clean, making it easier to circulate clean air into your home. If your filter is full and clogged, it can cause your HVAC system to overheat, which is another issue you want to avoid.
By ensuring that you change your HEPA filter often, you can help reduce the allergen in your home’s air and reduce your symptoms. This is an important step that needs to be done even if you don’t suffer from allergies. Simply changing your filter can boost your indoor air quality and help keep your HVAC system running smoothly and efficiently.
Getting your air ducts cleaned is another great way to help reduce allergens and symptoms of allergies. Dust, pollens, and other allergens can collect in the air ducts of your home. This means that when your air conditioner starts circulating air through your home, it is also pushing these allergens into the air you are breathing.
By getting professional air duct cleaning services, you can remove pollen and other allergens, in turn enhancing the quality of the air in your home. While you don’t need to get your ducts cleaned all the time, there are some scenarios when duct cleaning is important. If your allergies are worsening, if your home was recently under renovation, if you have an infestation, if there is visible mold around your HVAC system, or if you have never had them cleaned before.
Our team can provide high-quality and effective air duct cleaning services to help rid your ducts of dust, pollen, and other pollutants, allowing you to breathe cleaner air.
Preventative maintenance is another great way to help keep the air in your home clean and pollutants reduced. Your HVAC system can become dirty over time, causing contaminants and moisture to enter the ducts. If too much moisture makes its way into your ducts, it can cause mold to grow, which is a major cause of HVAC and allergy-related issues. By getting preventative maintenance, you can help ensure that mold doesn’t build up in your ducts and help prevent worse allergy symptoms.
Your HVAC system is related to allergies more than you may know. By ensuring that everything is clean and running properly, you can help reduce the number of pollutants that enter your home and worsen your symptoms.
If you need indoor air quality services, Climate Mechanics can help! We offer air duct cleanings, Aeroseal duct sealing, air filtration systems, air purifiers, and more as part of our indoor air quality services. Improve your indoor air quality and enjoy reduced allergy symptoms. Be sure to get in touch with our team to schedule a free estimate! We are happy to help you with any and all of your HVAC needs.