When autumn finally arrives in Yuma, many welcome a break from summer’s high temperatures. However, no one looks forward to the inevitable fall allergies. If you or someone in your family suffers allergy symptoms each fall, take note that help could be as close as your home’s HVAC. Here is how you can use your HVAC system to reduce allergies right away.
Choose a Better Filter
A premium HVAC air filter goes a long way in removing allergens and promoting optimal indoor air quality. The best ones are designed to capture both small and large particulates while still allowing enough airflow for maximum energy efficiency. This means you shouldn’t simply purchase a filter with the highest rating or a HEPA filter. Instead, ask your HVAC technician for recommendations.
Change the Filter More Frequently
Many air filter manufacturers suggest changing their filters every three months. During allergy season, however, this isn’t always enough. Instead, make sure you check the filter monthly and replace it as soon as it looks dirty. You will be paying a little more for extra filters, but you’ll experience better air quality and keep your HVAC system running more efficiently. This is worth it in the end.
Add a Whole-Home Air Purifier
There are many types of air purifiers, but a whole-home air purifier often provides the best results. These work with your HVAC system to clean the air as it is distributed throughout the entire house. You could use portable air purifiers, but you would need to purchase more than one to get the same allergy-relieving coverage.
Dirty or malfunctioning HVAC components reduce how well the HVAC system removes allergens from the home. Schedule preventive maintenance to ensure everything is operating at its best. During the visit, you can also ask the technician to check your ductwork for damage or a buildup of inner debris. Dirty or broken ducts recirculate pollutants and can contribute to indoor allergies.
For more information about your HVAC system and fall allergies, please contact us today at Hansberger Refrigeration and Electric Company.