Can my HVAC System Help Alleviate Allergy Symptoms?
If you’re like most people, when you think of your HVAC system, you think of it as being the big metal box that’s hidden in a closet somewhere, that helps regulate the temperature in your home. It cools your home when its warm outside, and it helps keep you warm during the cold Colorado winters.
The idea that it could help relieve your allergy symptoms can have you feeling mind blown.
No—really—we’re not kidding. It’s estimated that 90 percent of homeowners are completely unaware that their HVAC system can help with this.
Allergies are caused by a number of things, and the primary culprits relate to dust, pet dander, mold, and pollen.
And, since HVAC air filters are designed to help prevent things like dust, pollen, and pet dander from circulating in the air throughout your home, you can see how a properly chosen, and properly maintained air filter can lend a helping hand.
Again- air filters provide a critical line of defense, and as such, you’ll want to make sure you choose the one that will work best for both your HVAC system and your home.
It’s all about the MERV
High-efficiency air filters are assigned something that’s called a MERV rating. Ultimately, the higher the MERV value, the better filtration you’ll get. A filter with a MERV rating of 14 to 16 is ideal for most heating and cooling systems.
If you’re leaning toward a HEPA filter, because they have MERV ratings that run between 17 and 20, be sure to contact Redline Heating and Cooling to speak with one of our trained HVAC experts. Although HEPA filters tend to do a better job of filtration, if your system isn’t designed for one, it could place additional strain on the motor.
Moving onto vents
It may sound obvious, but once you’ve installed the proper HVAC air filter, you’ll want to make sure your air vents are clean. If your vents have obvious signs of dust build up, they’re not going to do a very good job of preventing that dust from blowing into the room.
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you’ll want to make sure your vents are cleaned on a semi-regular basis.
Don’t forget the ducts!
Much like you should keep an eye on your vents, you’ll also want to remember to have your ducts cleaned twice a year. Not only will this help improve airflow, it will help keep your system running smoothly.
Air purification systems can also help
If you’re really looking to step up your air filtration game, when you contact our office we can help you understand the pros and cons of a whole-home air purification system. These types of units can be great for people who suffer from asthma and/or severe allergies because their main function relates to improving air quality.