Navigating Allergy Season: Your Guide to Clean Fresh Air Using Your HVAC System

Keep Allergens at Bay Indoors by Using Your HVAC System this Spring

Alas, the Carolina sunshine is working her magic, and the warm breezes are starting to flow. Unfortunately, it’s also time for that yellow-green haze we all know as pollen to sprinkle its magic too. As we all anticipate the arrival of spring, allergy suffers can sometimes dread the season. The good news is that your HVAC system can be a powerful ally in the battle against allergens. Here, we’ll explore some essential tips on how to survive the allergy season with your HVAC system, ensuring that your indoor air remains clean and fresh.

1. Regular HVAC Maintenance:

The first line of defense against allergens is to keep your HVAC system in top-notch condition. Schedule regular maintenance checks to ensure that filters are clean, ducts are free of debris, and all components are functioning properly. A well-maintained system not only improves indoor air quality but also helps your HVAC system operate more efficiently.

2. Upgrade Your Air Filters:

Consider upgrading your air filters to high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters or other advanced filtration systems. HEPA filters can capture even the tiniest particles, including pollen, dust mites, and pet dander. Check the manufacturer’s compatibility and performance. Also, change them regularly. Your HVAC experts at AirMakers recommend changing your filter at least once per month to help keep down dust.

3. Use UV Lights and Air Purifiers:

Complement your HVAC system with a UV light or air purifier. Devices such as a germicidal UV light can help reduce bacteria and mold growth on and around the indoor coil. It also reduces microbial build-up and helps prevent harmful particles form becoming airborne as airflows across those coils. An air purifier provides a MERV 15 filter that traps 95% of pathogens in your home, while trapping pet dander and dust.

4. Maintain consistent Humidity Levels:

Allergens thrive in environments with high humidity. While spring isn’t as humid as the summer, we do get some pretty muggy days in April and May. Use a dehumidifier to maintain optimal humidity levels, which are around 30 to 50%. By doing so, you discourage growth of mold and dust mites—two common allergy triggers. If you’re interested in maintaining the humidity in your home, speak to an AirMakers comfort specialist. We provide whole home humidifiers and dehumidifiers too.

5. Seal Leaks and Gaps in Your Ductwork:

Outdoor allergens can easily creep inside through leaky ductwork, doors, and windows. This not only does resealing your ductwork keep out allergens, it also lowers your energy bill too!

6. Ventilation Strategies:

Utilize the HVAC system ventilation features, such as exhaust fans, to improve air circulations. Proper ventilation helps remove stagnant air and introduces fresh outdoor air, diluting indoor pollutants and allergens.

Part of surviving allergy season comes from being diligent in your home surroundings. Utilizing your HVAC system is one way to help keep your allergies at bay this year. However, it’s a good idea to put the above suggestions into practice all year long so you can breathe easier throughout the year.

To learn more about how AirMakers can help you this allergy season, contact us. One of our comfort specialists will help talk you through how your HVAC system can help your home and even potential savings too.
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