Spring is considered to be the prime season for allergies. According to statistics, in excess of 50 million people in the United States suffer from allergies. In fact, it is considered to be the 6th highest leading cause of chronic-based illnesses within the country.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis – which is often referred to as “hay fever” – is a common occurrence in the spring months due to the overabundance of pollen within the air. Other causes include exposure to certain weeds and/or grasses, as well as mold spores that move throughout the air.
One of the most common culprits of the symptoms experienced by those with allergies is the home’s HVAC system. By eliminating pollen from your HVAC system, you can actually prevent those spring allergies from occurring.
How Your HVAC System Spreads Pollen into Your Home
The HVAC system of your home is designed to move air in and out of your home. Pollen and other airborne allergens are easily sucked into the system and spread throughout the interior surfaces of your home.
In most instances, spring marks the time when many will turn on their air conditioning for the first time – especially in the Southern states.
Coincidentally, this also marks the time when allergies are at their peak. In order to eliminate allergens – such as pollen – from your HVAC system, you may have the ventilation system completely cleaned and then follow up on the process by utilizing allergy reduction filters in your system.
A multitude of substances can find their way into your HVAC ducts. These include dust, moisture, and pollen. By cleaning the ventilation system, these potentially dangerous substances can be immediately cleared.
When a professional comes out to perform the operation, you can expect the following to occur:
- First, an inspection will be completed. In this inspection, the HVAC technician will look for debris in the ducts, tears, cracks, holes, and even the presences of mold.
- Once it has been determined that it is necessary to clean the ventilation system, your home will be prepared for the endeavor.
- Next, special tools will be used to remove any and all forms of debris from the ducts.
- If any of the duct work needs repaired – including insulation – this will be done by the certified HVAC technician.
- The air filter of your system will also be evaluated. If it needs changed, it will be replaced.
Air Filter Selection
Once you have had your system cleaned, it is time to choose air filters. While the technician will likely place a new filter in your HVAC system, it is ideal to have a back up filter ready so when it is time to replace it, you have what you need.
First, you should opt for those that are designed to trap allergens – such as pollen. It is best to opt for those that state “HEPA” on the labelling. Next, look at the MERV rating. In terms of allergy reduction, opt for the MERV rating of 12.
You should strive to change the filter once every 2-4 week for optimal allergy prevention. For more information on how to improve the air quality of your home, contact us today by calling: 770-766-9212