Could Your HVAC Systems Help With Your Allergies?
An HVAC system is a piece of home equipment most have come to depend on to raise the temperature in the cold months and to lower it in the warmer season. But one thing a lot of people don’t know is that your heating and cooling system can also contribute to your allergies. Imagine turning your forced air heating on and finding yourself coughing and sneezing with red, itchy eyes for weeks!
Pollen, pet dander, dust mites, mold, dust, and other allergens can get inside your home with the help of an HVAC system. They can be pulled in from an unkempt environment by the outdoor unit, and they can also accumulate in the ducts while not in use
Although it may seem inescapable, there are a couple of things you can do with your HVAC system to avoid indoor air pollution:
Using Quality Filters
One of the best things you can do to defend against allergens that go through your HVAC system is to equip it with high-quality filters. The effectiveness of air filters is measured in MERV ratings, or minimum efficiency reporting value, and the great ones usually have a MERV rating of 8. Filters with lower ratings will not be as effective in preventing the entry of allergens.
If your budget allows, high-efficiency particulate air filters, or HEPA filters for short, are the best choice; they are efficient enough to trap around 90 percent of particles as they have a MERV rating of 17 to 20.
Don’t forget to change or clean your filters when they get too dirty, usually around 2 months. Dirty filters become inefficient and will block the flow of air.
Scheduling Regular Maintenance
Keeping your HVAC system properly maintained will also decrease the chances of it spreading allergens throughout your house, among other benefits.
There are a lot of areas inside your heating and cooling system that are moist and humid, and those parts, such as the air ducts, condensate drip pan, air handler, and evaporator coils are conducive to the creation of mold.
Other parts such as the register and the return vents will accumulate dust very quickly as well, so it’s best to hire a professional HVAC technician to regularly come and rid it of accumulated particles, along with checking for other problems. This is usually best done in the spring, so that you avoid inconvenient breakdowns and costly repairs during the seasons when you rely on your units the most.
Get a Humidifier
The humidity inside your home also has an effect on your allergies. Dust mites, for instance, can be avoided if the humidity is unfavorable for them. Additionally, air that is too dry can also irritate your nasal passages and cause your nose to produce too much mucus. A humidifier can easily solve these problems.
As much as your allergies can be caused by your HVAC system, it can also avoid problems with them as long as you give your system proper attention and maintenance. Having high-quality filters, a humidifier, and servicing them regularly will all help keep allergens away from your home.
Contact TDI Air Today!
Want more ideas on how to keep cool and comfortable while improving your quality of life at home? Need to schedule your seasonal tune-up for your AC system before the summer months? Let TDI Air technicians help you prepare for the warmer months in Texas. Contact us at 903-597-838 or online today!