Allergens vary throughout the year, and fall allergies can be just as serious as those in the spring months. Because these issues may begin to peak before the summer heat ebbs, you may want to pay particular attention to the performance of your HVAC equipment. Additionally, you can consider indoor air quality solutions and supplemental equipment options to improve the air you breathe in your home.
Keep Your Air Handler and Air Supply Clean
Because your indoor air supply moves through the air filter and into the air handling unit, you need to be aware of the potential for allergens to collect in this space. A dirty filter can result in reduced filtration of your indoor air supply, meaning that irritants remain in circulation. A dirty filter can also allow pollutants to collect inside the air handler on coils and blower parts. To keep your air supply as clean as possible, you should check your air filter at least once a month.
You can also look for a high-efficiency filter to increase the removal of small particulates from the air circulating in your home. A MERV of between nine and 12 is ideal for the best performance with allergy-causing materials. A cabinet filter may provide even more thorough removal of pollutants, but you can also explore air purifiers to electronically clean your indoor air. A germicidal unit can provide year-round benefits, addressing biomaterials such as mold and viruses.
Home Sealing and Ventilation
You may think that indoor air is protected from those outside allergens, resulting in your retreat to the indoor environment as the fall ragweed and crop materials trigger allergy symptoms. However, you may not realize that these materials can stay trapped in the home because of tight sealing. Efficient home sealing is important for better energy performance, but it is important to balance this with a good ventilation system.
In addition to allergy-causing materials, your indoor environment can be plagued with construction emissions and other volatile compounds that can cause breathing and health problems. A balanced ventilation system is helpful for providing an exchange of indoor and outdoor air, and a filter addresses pollutants in the incoming air supply. As the fall temperatures cool, your ventilator can provide filtered but fresh air even when your air conditioner’s service is no longer needed.
Don’t Forget the Ducts
Leaky or dirty ducts can be a source of trouble if you are affected by fall allergies. As materials get into your home, they can move through the ducts with the airstream. Because you can’t observe the interior condition of your ducts, you may not realize that they are dirty. A thorough inspection and cleaning may help in eliminating hidden irritants from your home. If leaks are pinpointed, sealing services may reduce the influx of allergy-causing materials from unseen locations.
The Dent Air Conditioning professionals are available for comprehensive indoor air quality services to help as you seek ways to curb your allergy problems this fall. Contact us for an appointment now to get a head start in advance of the ragweed and other fall irritants.