The Link Between HVAC Systems and Fighting Spring Allergies

Spring AllergiesSpring allergies can begin as early as February and still be annoying you well into June. Most of the discomfort is caused by two types of pollen: grass and tree. Both pollen varieties are light, dry, and airborne, and they can be carried by the wind for miles from their point of origin.

Here are some ways to ensure your HVAC components cleanse the air inside your home and reduce reactions to airborne allergens, thus mitigating your spring allergies.

  • Change the filter. The entire air volume inside your home passes through the HVAC air filter multiple times every 24 hours. Replace the filter monthly. While less-frequent changes may be sufficient in other cases, if residents in a home are affected by spring allergies, monthly filter replacement is preferable.
  • Choose efficient filters. Cheapo air filters that utilize spun-fiberglass filtration media are not a bargain when it comes to capturing allergic particles like pollen. Instead, buy quality pleated-cotton or polyester filters with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) rating of at least 8.
  • Optimize air circulation. Check all supply and return vents in every room to confirm they are fully open and not obstructed by any objects. If air circulation into certain rooms seems insufficient, ask your HVAC contractor to check for ductwork leakage. Leaks in the return duct system may draw airborne particulates (including pollen) into the system.
  • Make sure the system is properly maintained. Annual preventive maintenance by a professional HVAC technician ensures that all system functions are operating up to specifications, including optimum air circulation and filtration that safeguard indoor air quality.
  • Consider ancillary options. Your HVAC system may benefit from additional components to support healthy indoor air quality. Ask your local HVAC contractor about potential add-ons that mitigate pollen, such as individual room air purifiers that incorporate high-efficiency HEPA filtration.

At 100 years, Paitson Bros. is still safeguarding the indoor comfort and health of our customers. Ask us about effective ways to lessen the effects of spring allergies.

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