HVAC and Allergies, How One Can Help the Other
Spring is a wonderful time of year. Rain and wind ensure plants can grow throughout the summer, flowers start to blossom, and grass grows anew. The only problem; pollen. That pesky airborne allergen can penetrate even the highest of walls and tightest of sealings. Though it may seem like an endless battle, there are a few things you can do to help keep allergens out of your home, and it involves HVAC. By doing some spring cleaning and optimizing your HVAC system, you can help prevent the spread of allergies throughout your home.
Embrace the UV Light
UV lights are more than bright bulbs; they can help purify the air in your home. When installed properly, UV lights can reduce the amount of mold and bacteria in your air supply. If you, or someone in your home, suffers from allergies, airborne particles can make existing respiratory issues worse and lead to unpleasantries such as headaches, sore throat, and itchy eyes. If you’re interested in UV light treatment, we recommend investing in an Air Scrubber. The Air Scrubber is an attachment that works in tandem with your existing HVAC system. Once air passes through your air filter, it will be further purified by the UV rays emitted by the Air Scrubber. If you’re interested in learning more, ask your Moore Home Services technician.
Consider a MERV Air Filter
Not all air filters are created equal. That’s a hard truth many homeowners realize too late. Stay ahead of the curve and ask your HVAC technician about how a MERV filter can make a difference in your home. MERV stands for Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value; the higher the MERV rating, the better the filter will be at capturing airborne contaminates and allergens.
Change Your Air Filter
Considering how much time we spend inside; quality indoor air is an essential. One of the best ways to use your HVAC system to combat allergies is to change your air filter at least twice per year. We recommend changing the air filter once before furnace season and once before AC season. In this case, change it right before allergy season. With a new, fresh filter you can ensure the air in your home is as clean as possible.
Dust Around Your Units and Return Vents
During spring, it’s common to dust visible surfaces, appliances and furniture; but, what about the things you don’t normally look at? Routine dusting around your accessible units, like your outdoor condenser and in-home return vents, can help allergy sufferers. Pay extra mind to your return vents. If the vents are dusty, your home will be dusty. We recommend dusting them with a damp rag to stop the spread of dust mites and other harmful dust particles.
Tune-Up Your AC
Twice yearly tune-ups and professional cleanings are the best way to ensure your HVAC unit is distributing the cleanest air possible. During our 26-point tune up an expertly trained HVAC technician will inspect every component of your air conditioner and ensure everything is functioning at maximum efficiency. Also, by scheduling regular tune-ups, you can catch small, fixable problems before they turn into large, unmanageable issues.
Call Moore Home Services for help with HVAC and Allergies
If you haven’t scheduled your spring tune-up yet, call us at Moore Home Services. Our experienced, expert technicians service Santa Rosa, Marin County, and surrounding communities. When you schedule a tune-up with us you can expect stellar customer service, a precise and in-depth tune-up, and genuine parts and tools. To book an appointment, reach out to our friendly call center representatives or click here to schedule online.