Let’s face it, allergens are everywhere, especially if you live anywhere within the great state of Texas. From sneezing and coughing to even trouble breathing comfortably, allergies are unfortunately just a part of day-to-day life for a lot of people.
In this blog, we hope to give you a little more insight into the ways that you can take control of your allergies and possibly even alleviate some of the symptoms altogether via your HVAC system.
1. Air Filter Quality Is Everything
Your filtration system for your HVAC unit is very important, not only does it work to keep energy costs low and help to prolong the life of your system, but it also filters and cleans your home’s air, that’s right, the air you breathe into your body.
It is essential to change out your air filters regularly (ranging between 30 and 90 days) and also use high-quality filters, especially if you are someone who suffers from allergies to dander and dust. Dander and dust are some of the most common causes of buildup in an AC air filtration system, and even more so if you have pets.
When purchasing your filter, be sure to look for one with a high MERV count (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value). MERV filtration strength levels range from 1-16, the higher the MERV count, the wider range of particle sizes your filter can catch and keep from reentering your home.
2. Fighting Allergen Build-Up
The best way to combat this is by having a maintenance plan in place with an HVAC company. HVAC companies offer these maintenance plan packages to help keep your AC unit up to par throughout the changing seasons. HVAC maintenance packages usually include tune-ups and cleaning procedures which will greatly reduce your home’s allergen build-up, as well as keep you much healthier.
3. Preventing Mold Growth
To prevent mold growth in your HVAC system, be sure to have your AC on at all times circulating your air, proper ventilation is key in preventing excessive moisture and bacteria.
Another way to prevent mold growth is to always repair leaks in your home quickly. Moisture leakage and built-up areas are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mold. Having mold build-up in your home will greatly increase your chances of getting sick and staying that way.
4. The Power Of Humidity Control
control goes hand in hand with preventing mold growth and keeping your airflow sanitary. One of the best ways to control humidity in your home is by making sure your airways are clean, clear, and dry.
Humidity in your home can also be well controlled by your filtration system, which is another reason why filters are so important. Your home’s humidity levels should typically stay around 45%, anything much lower or higher than that needs attention and may require extra care, such as HVAC maintenance or even adding a dehumidifier into your home to filter out any excess moisture.
5. Regular Care Makes A Difference
Performing regular HVAC care and maintenance really does make a difference. There is a lot that goes into measuring your home’s air quality and maintaining the efficiency of your HVAC unit, all of which can directly affect your allergies, your health, and how comfortable you are in your home.
Contact Dave Lane’s Hi-Tech Mechanical today and allow us to give the air in your home some real TLC.