Allergies and Your HVAC

Allergies and Your HVACHave you made the annual trip to Sam’s Club for cases of tissues and antihistamines yet? If so, you are one of 50 million people in the US, according to the College of Allergies, Asthma and Immunology who suffer from seasonal allergies. There may not be much you can do about the conditions outside, but the irritants inside like pollen from the outside, pet dander and dust mites you can.


Filters are a good place to start. However, the standard 1” paper filter is designed to protect the system, not You so much. Installing a 1” MERV 8 fiber filter in its place will help, but use caution, a higher MERV rating, in this case can restrict airflow causing poor operation and additional stress on your system. For severe allergy sufferers, that may not be enough. There are great options from non-restrictive 5” MERV16 filters to purifiers that remove ozone, a known irritant, particulates such as dust mites, pet dander and that nasty pollen down to .05 microns (a human hair is about 90 microns) and then purify it with ultraviolet light to kill living organisms like mold and viruses.

Maintenance is Important Too

Most people don’t think about it or don’t understand the value in proper maintenance on indoor air quality. Yes, it does keep you more comfortable at a lower cost throughout the year and helps ensure that your AC doesn’t decide to take a vacation in the middle of that 4th of July party. But when done correctly, the technician will not only install a proper filter, but also look for improper refrigerant charge, dirty evaporator fans or coils and good condensate removal. All of which can cause moisture to build up inside your HVAC system. A damp, cool, dark place is a perfect place for mold to grow.

During your Spring tune-up, ask what can be done to improve the quality of the air you breathe. The advice should be free, and many electric companies offer rebates for the inspection.

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