Close to 50 million Americans deal with seasonal allergies on a daily basis. Unfortunately, allergens aren’t just limited to the outdoors. Your home can have allergens from fibers, pets, dust, pollen, building materials and other volatile organic compounds (VOCs). With proper HVAC installation, maintenance and service, you can increase your indoor air quality and reduce allergy issues.
Air Filter Information and Options
The best defense against allergies in your home is to invest in a high-quality air filter. Air filters are rated based on the Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, also known as the MERV rating. If you deal with allergies, you should invest in an air filter with a MERV 8 rating or higher. Aside from the MERV rating on filters, there are a few options of filters to choose from:
- High-Efficiency Particulate Air Filters: These are known as HEPA filters and are made of thin glass fibers. They remove up to 99% of allergens and other contaminants. Talk to an HVAC professional to decide if this type of filter is right for your residential HVAC system.
- Electrostatic Filters: These filters use an electric charge to draw in airborne contaminants and can be reused when cleaned with regular tap water.
Proper HVAC Service
Mold is another allergen that can cause allergy flare-ups. If your home has high levels of humidity, condensation can form, which creates a breeding ground for mold. HVAC service is necessary if mold begins to grow inside your ductwork. HVAC companies can provide a duct cleaning and check for any leaks that might be causing condensation as well.
You can also invest in a few products to help keep allergens and other contaminants at a low level. Air purifiers are great at extracting pollutants from the air in a room and can work with your heating and air system. Local HVAC companies can provide you with reputable brands to purchase. Other great products are humidifiers and dehumidifiers that can be installed through a typical HVAC installation of a new system, or with your existing system. Most units are designed to work hand-in-hand with your HVAC system, so they can easily be installed during an HVAC service call.
Allergies don’t have to be a nightmare, you can call a trusted HVAC company in Acworth or Atlanta. Edwards Heating & Air is a trusted company offering HVAC installation, service and maintenance. Call us today and get allergy relief!