Spring can be a beautiful time of year, but it can also be a miserable time for allergy sufferers. While you may be tempted to hide away indoors during the height of allergy season, your home could be circulating pollen, mold spores, and dust mites, which will only make your symptoms worse.
To eliminate allergy triggers inside your home, it’s important to keep your space clean and choose an HVAC system that’s designed to improve indoor air quality. We’ve put together this blog to help you decide which type of HVAC system will work best for you.
What Causes HVAC Allergies?
You might think that your air conditioning system can effectively filter out allergens and protect you from spring allergies, but a neglected air conditioner can actually make your symptoms worse. Taking steps to understand what triggers your indoor allergies will make it easier to decide what type of HVAC system is right for you.
Dirty Air Filters
Your air conditioner’s air filter is a simple, yet crucial component of your HVAC system. Most heating and cooling experts recommend you change the air filter every 3 months to reduce allergens and increase the efficiency of your system.
Dirty Evaporator Cell
If you don’t keep up with HVAC maintenance, your system will begin to collect dust, pet dander, pollen, and mold. The best way to keep these contaminants at bay is to have your unit cleaned on a regular basis.
If your home isn’t equipped with a central dehumidifier to keep moisture levels in check, your allergy symptoms are likely to worsen. You may also choose to invest in a multistage air conditioning system that can keep your humidity levels in check.
Best Air Conditioners For Allergies
In general, a new multi-stage air conditioner will work better to combat allergies than an older, less-efficient model. However, you should keep in mind that high-quality air filters and regular cleaning will have more of an effect on allergies than any specific HVAC model.
While there isn’t a magic solution to eliminating allergies inside your home, there are a couple of important steps you can take to improve indoor air quality.
Add High-Quality Air Filters
Air filters come in two types—washable and disposable. It’s recommended that you clean washable filters at least once each month to reduce the presence of dirt, debris, and allergens.
Disposable filters should be changed out at least every 3 months. However, you may want to change them out sooner if your allergies are especially severe. Disposable filters come with a MERV rating of 1 to 20. Choosing a filter with a higher rating will be more effective at reducing allergens in your home.
Invest in an Air Purifier
Using high-quality air filters can be very effective, but for some people, it is not enough. For people who are especially sensitive to indoor allergens, adding a UV light to your home can be a great help. Air purifiers utilize industrial-grade HEPA filters to vigorously clean the air inside your home. A UV light can seek & destroy airborne allergens, odors, and viruses to keep your home healthy.
Get Advice From a Professional HVAC Technician
If you’re looking for HVAC solutions that will reduce allergens and improve the air quality in your home, Allied Air Conditioning & Heating Corporation can help. We’ve been providing the Palatine area with expert heating and cooling solutions for over 53 years.
Call us today at (847) 262-3349 to learn more about how we can help you eliminate allergy symptoms inside your home!