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Air Conditioning and Allergies: What You Need to Know

Air Conditioning and Allergies: What You Need to Know

Allergy season is upon us, and with that comes all the symptoms we hate so much. There are so many medications and treatment options out there for people that all claim to work. While most of them do, some allergen medications can have some pretty nasty side effects, and some of these allergen medications can be very expensive. Some people may take allergy medications and still suffer from allergies. This is because allergens can find their way inside of your home. Fortunately, there is a way to help treat allergies, and that is with your HVAC system.

Allergens That Can Infiltrate Your Home

Many allergens can make their way into your home. These allergens include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, mold, mildew, and even chemicals present in the air. These allergens can cause seasonal allergies, and for those that suffer from severe allergies, this can cause a huge problem. When you open your door and come in from outside, these allergens will be present. Your HVAC system will suck these up and disperse them throughout your house. This can also happen if you have open windows. If your HVAC system has humidity issues, mold and mildew may grow, and your HVAC system may disperse these around your house as well. Your HVAC system can be used to your advantage when it comes to doing away with these allergens if an HVAC professional has properly maintained it and you keep up with routine maintenance.

How Your HVAC System Can Help

Your HVAC system can help you eliminate these allergens by sucking these allergens up into your filter. When your HVAC system was installed, an HVAC professional put a filter in for you. These filters work to ensure that no allergens make it past them and into the ductwork. The better the filter is, the more allergens it will catch. There are a wide variety of HVAC filters out there that will work well to capture particles. You can speak with your HVAC professional to see what kind of filter they recommend for your HVAC system.

In addition to the HVAC filter, your air conditioner will help to keep humidity at bay. Allergens may be present in the air more when humidity is present. The ductwork of your HVAC unit will also help to prevent outside allergens from polluting your air.
Keeping Your HVAC System Running Well

The key to preventing allergens in your home is to have a well-functioning HVAC system. Here are a few tips to ensure that you have a fully functioning HVAC system.

  • Regularly cleaning. 
    • You need to wipe down your HVAC system periodically to ensure that you keep it clear of dust and other potential allergens.
  • Filter changes. 
    • Your HVAC system will work better if it has regular HVAC filter changes. You should change your filter once a month during allergy season.
  • Maintenance. 
    • You should have proper maintenance done by an HVAC professional at least once a year to ensure your unit is in great shape.

Call Us Today

If you want to learn more about your HVAC system and allergies, or you want to make sure it is protecting you, please call us at Robert Bair today. We are here to ensure that your HVAC unit is working efficiently and correctly. Our HVAC professional team is standing by to help you with all of your needs.