Fighting Fall Allergies with your HVAC System

 

The autumn is upon us – cool mornings, warm afternoons and the leaves changing into beautiful fall colours. For many of us that also includes the beginning of our fall allergies.

The persistent runny nose, congestion and sneezing can make this season miserable for allergy sufferers.  There are things you can do to help alleviate your allergies. Fall allergies are caused by mold, mildew, dust mites and pet dander. Maintaining your home’s heating and cooling system can reduce your allergy systems and improve the performance of your HVAC system.

CHANGE YOUR FURNACE FILTER

Simply cleaning or changing your filters will reduce allergens in the air. Changing the filters once a month during high allergy season or vacuuming permanent filters every two months will show a noticeable reduction in your allergy systems. HVAC furnace filters have an enormous impact on your home and your health. Using a high efficiency furnace filter can help remove

large and small particles from the air. Check your manufactures guidelines for replacement information or ask your HVAC professional when they perform your annual maintenance.

REDUCE HUMIDITY

Mold and mildew can thrive in humid conditions – removing the humidity from your house. The optimal indoor humidity levels range from 40 to 50 percent and higher than that and it is a playground for mold and dust mites which all increase allergen levels.  Install a Heat Recovery System will  exchanges stale air for fresh as a result of removing the warm air it also removes humidity.

AIR QUALITY

Another excellent choice for battling allergies is an air purifier. Theses appliance also utilize filters, but usually as a stand-alone separate from your HVAC system. Air cleaners that contain HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filters. These filters not only will capture particulates and allergens, but also many forms of bacteria along with helping to reduce the spread of cold and flu bacteria in the home. If you suffer from severe allergies, having an air-purifying system with a HEPA filter will help you breathe easier while you’re in your home.

There are many things that can be done to improve the health and well being of your and your family. We value our customers and want to help improve the air quality in our home. Call Cumming Home today!

 

By | 2017-10-11T17:00:57+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Air Quality, All Posts, Health, Maintenance|