Spring is a gorgeous season, with life bursting into bloom all around us. If you’re one of the 50 million people in the United States who suffers from allergies, it can also be a miserable season. Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to reduce allergens inside your home.
- Change your filters. You’ve no doubt heard it many times, because it’s the first step in a lot of HVAC care. Change your system’s air filter, and you’ll improve the performance of your HVAC system and the quality of your indoor air. Invest in a high-quality filter, and you’ll be doing more to prevent indoor air pollution. Filters are rated by their level of particle filtration, which is measured in MERVs (minimum efficiency reporting values). The highest rating is 20, so if you’re concerned about air quality, look for an air filter that’s no lower than a MERV 8 rating. A good filter will trap microscopic particles and alleviate indoor allergies.
- Get a handle on your humidity. Air that’s too moist encourages the growth of allergens like mold and mildew. Excess moisture can also encourage pests to invade your home, and their droppings and dander can be another source of allergic misery. Air that’s too dry, on the other hand, can increase respiratory symptoms for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. Additionally, dust mites thrive in dry environments, so even if you’re keeping up with dusting and vacuuming, air that’s too dry will make them feel right at home. Whole house humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help solve whichever humidity problem is plaguing you.
- Consider an air purifier. Air purifiers are one of the most effective tools for getting rid of invisible airborne pollutants. The best air cleaner for the job is typically a HEPA air purifier. An air purifier with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter will remove at least 99.7 percent of airborne particulates as small as .3 microns, including dust, mold, and bacteria. Air purifiers can even be helpful in removing odors from cooking, smoking, and painting.
- Call for a tune-up. When you call in an HVAC professional to give your system a good onceover, making sure it’s in good shape and cleaning out particles before they have a chance to circulate. Ask your HVAC service provider if your home would benefit from duct cleaning.
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