Spring has sprung, and that means spring allergies have come with it.
What many people don’t realize is just how much your HVAC system has to do with combating allergens in the air, though.
Keep reading to see what you should know about mitigating pollutants, dust, dander, pollen, and smoke to help you improve your indoor air quality and minimize your spring allergens.
Change Out Your Air Filters On-Time
Even if you don’t have allergies or asthma, you want to have healthy air, and air filters are a key part of that picture.
Air filters catch things in the air, whether that be allergens, harmful particles, or debris, and therefore it keeps your system’s HVAC protected and performing as it should. Think of it this way: air filters are a key part of proper HVAC filtration and efficiency, and that filtration and efficiency is really the foundation of your indoor air quality and your ability to mitigate allergy symptoms as much as possible.
Know that your air filters are one of the most powerful parts you can control of your HVAC working as it should. Proper filtration keeps indoor air clean and free from dust and particulates that make your system work harder.
When changing the air filter, make sure that the replacement filter is the correct size, and you want it to be compatible with your system and house/office, and you want to check the efficiency.
We want to help you establish the appropriate filter change-out frequency, and we want to make sure you have a type of filter that’s best for your system. General guidelines include:
- Typical home with 1 small pet: at least every 90 days, or more often if we told you so.
- For small apartments/condos or single occupant without a pet: at least twice a year, although certain pets will change that frequency.
- Office settings: this can really vary, but an average, every two months. If you are near construction, it may even be more often.
- Anytime you have a pet, young child, or someone with allergies, we recommend changing the air filter out every 20-60 days.
Ask us if you have questions so we can help you find the ideal schedule to change them out and to keep spring allergy symptoms at bay.
Schedule Your AC Tune-Up
Preventative maintenance is what keeps your system working properly and efficiently, and in turn, that helps to ensure your air is as clean and as well ventilated and distributed as possible. Ultimately, getting in your AC tune-up is an important step to combat allergy triggers.
Your spring tune-up is about taking care of clogged air filters and dust buildup, but the maintenance will also include the following:
- System efficiency and diagnostic check
- Thermostat inspection and re-calibration if needed
- Examination of electrical connections
- Clean/removal of any debris
- Verification of proper operation
Our yearly preventative maintenance agreement includes two inspections per year, done with priority scheduling. Each inspection is $70 for those who are a part of our maintenance program. This is limited to the first system per property. Each additional system for those in our maintenance program is $60 per system. Read more about this offer and its conditions here.
More to Consider: Air Purification & Filtration Systems
For those looking for other steps they can take to mitigate allergens and improve their indoor air quality, ask us about air filters and air cleaners for your home or business.
Air purifiers and/or air filtration systems typically work to sanitize the air. They typically emit negative ions, ozone, utilizing heat or they use UV or UVC lamps to help sanitize the air. We can thank them for helping us reduce odors and getting rid of things that do, generally speaking, potentially make us sick or worsen our allergies.
Air cleaners, on the other hand, work to filter the air. Air cleaners work to “clean” the air and collect the dust—which typically is the larger particles. That also includes pet dander which can be a major source of indoor air quality issues. These are another way we can help to protect our health and indoor air quality.
Airborne particles that can make their way into your home are small—as in very small. In fact particles like dust, smoke and bacteria can be .3 microns or less. Compare that to a human hair that has a diameter spanning about 50-70 microns—so you can see just how small particles can be in our air, yet they can still do damage to our overall health and well-being.
When particles are that small, they aren’t filtered well by the nose or the throat. That’s where an effective air cleaner makes a large difference in your ability to improve the air quality in your home.
High Performing Solutions from Greater Comfort to Help you Have Cleaner Air
We offer state-of-the-art air purifiers with leading technology to help to reduce select bacteria, viruses, allergens and other pollutants in the air flowing through your HVAC system and trapped by the MERV 15 filter. No matter the solution that is right for your space, we’re here to help.
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