Investing in quality air filters, clean ductwork, and a humidifier can help relieve allergy symptoms.
Do you suffer from allergies? Whether you have the most trouble with outdoor allergens like pollen or indoor allergens like pet dander, you no doubt want your home to provide an oasis of calm and comfort amidst all the sneezing, coughing, and irritation. You can accomplish this! You simply need to ensure you have the right HVAC equipment in place to promote clean and healthy indoor air.
Here are the three most important pieces of HVAC equipment to focus on:
Quality HVAC Filtration
Without proper filtration, you are going to have allergens in your home. Period. After all, many allergens are so tiny that they remain airborne for long periods of time, making it very difficult to eliminate them all by cleaning alone. Assuming you have a forced air HVAC system, you should already have one important layer of protection against allergens in place, namely your HVAC filter. This filter can help to capture all kinds of allergens, including:
- Dust mites
- Pet dander
- Skin flakes
- Mold spores
However, the standard filter may not offer complete protection for some allergy sufferers. To capture up to 99.7 percent of all allergens on every single pass through the filter, you would need to upgrade to HEPA filtration. Before you do so, make sure to check with an HVAC professional to make sure your HVAC equipment can handle the added resistance presented by a HEPA filter. If a HEPA filter would restrict airflow too much, you may wish to invest in a separate air cleaner or air purifier instead.
Over time, allergens can build up inside your ductwork as minute leaks allow dusty, dirty air from basements, crawlspaces, and attics to enter the system. While your filtration will help remove these allergens, they will have to travel through your home first to get to the filter. A better option is to have your air ducts professionally cleaned on a regular basis, so that air coming out of your ducts starts off as clean as possible. This will also help your filters last longer.
Dry indoor air can be hard on anyone, but especially on allergy sufferers. This is because overly dry air can keep sinuses, throats, and skin from retaining healthy moisture. When the dry mucus membranes are irritated by allergens, they become even more uncomfortable. Fortunately, you can replenish the moisture that your heater takes from your indoor air with a humidifier. At Econo West Heating Air & Plumbing, we can help you select an appropriate model from our selection of American Standard humidifiers. We have models that can automatically detect humidity levels in your home and adjust their output accordingly for constant comfort.