How to Combat Fall Allergies with Your HVAC System

How to Combat Fall Allergies with Your HVAC System

It’s fall in Monmouth County, and you know what that means: allergies. While spring is known for pollen and ragweed, autumn can bring just as many contaminants to the air. So how do you improve indoor air quality and keep fall allergies at bay? Here are a few tips.

  • Change your air filter. Your HVAC system filters out a lot of contaminants from the air before circulating it through your home. However, over time, dirt builds up in your filter and mixes right back into the air. Check your filter every month and replace it every three to six months to make sure it continues to function properly and keep your air clean.
  • HVAC maintenance. Your annual fall furnace tuneup is fast approaching anyway. To mitigate fall allergies, ask your HVAC technician to make sure your unit is clean, and your ductwork is free of dust buildup, which can spread throughout the rest of your home.
  • Clean the house. Basic household chores such as vacuuming, sweeping, and dusting regularly, are a great way to get rid of allergens and other contaminants that build up in your home.
  • Get a whole-house humidifier. Humidity levels are among the greatest enemies of allergy sufferers. Humidity above 50 percent fosters mold, mildew, and bacteria. Below 30 percent is where flu viruses live. A whole-house humidifier lets you set your ideal humidity level, keeping it between 30 and 50 percent, where mold, viruses, bacteria, and other allergens can’t thrive.
  • Get a dedicated air purifier. A high efficiency air filter can eliminate much smaller particles from your home’s air than your HVAC system’s filter can capture: particles such as milled flour, cigarette smoke, and even viruses and bacteria. However, these filters are too thick to put into your HVAC system without damaging it and restricting airflow. If you want high efficiency air filtration, you’ll need a separate air purifier, designed to use those higher grade filters, to keep your air clean and allergen free.

For more tips on fighting fall allergies, contact us at Aggressive Mechanical today. We’re Monmouth County’s trusted source for quality HVAC solutions.

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