Your home’s HVAC system affects the air you breathe and therefore your health. There is no debating the connection between your home’s HVAC system and allergy season symptom intensity and frequency.
Not all systems are equipped to handle allergy season, but with the right upgrades, you can reduce allergy symptoms and breathe easier.
Regular filters have a limited ability to remove smaller particles. For families without allergy issues, this is sufficient. However, if you have allergies, you will benefit from installing a filter, such as a HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Absorbing) filter. These filters, also used in hospitals, can remove smaller allergens from the air you breathe and lessen allergy symptoms.
Energy Recovery Ventilators
Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERVs) remove allergen-laden air and replace it with fresh, filtered air. Sufficient ventilation reduces carbon dioxide buildup, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), as well as those pesky allergens.
Another way to remove allergens from your home is by using an air purifier system that integrates into your home’s HVAC system. Options for purifiers include combinations of filtration and UV light to kill germs, boosting your overall health while keeping your air fresh.
If installing a permanent air purifier is not feasible, you can still benefit from smaller, portable air purifiers placed throughout your home.
High humidity encourages the growth of dust mites and other allergens that can trigger symptoms. A dehumidifier in a moisture-prone area of your house, such as the basement, will reduce your exposure to allergens and your home will also benefit overall. Low humidity dries mucus membranes, leaving you more susceptible to allergens while worsening symptoms. Adding a humidifier to your home’s HVAC system addresses this issue.
In both situations, proper control is critical so be sure and discuss this with a professional to get the right system (or systems) installed.
If you or someone in your family has allergies, it is worth having a professional evaluate your HVAC system. Give us a call or schedule service online. Our technicians will evaluate your existing system and can provide you with upgrade suggestions to help keep allergy symptoms at bay.