According to Everyday Health, if you have allergies or asthma, indoor air pollution can trigger your symptoms. Most people don’t realize that indoor air impurity levels can be much higher than those outdoors — two to five times higher. The sources of these impurities can be any number of things. Your HVAC system’s air filters are designed to trap the majority of these allergens when they become airborne, but they can still affect you, causing you to experience allergic reactions or asthma attacks.
Common indoor allergens include:
- Pet dander (skin flakes, saliva, and urine)
- Dust Mites
- Pest Droppings
When these particles become airborne, you can breathe them in and experience an allergic reaction. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your home can both harbor and spread mold and other allergens.
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Filters can assist homeowners in minimizing exposure to allergens from your HVAC system. You must keep in mind that not all filters work equally. The effectiveness of filters is measured in MERVs [minimum efficiency recording value]. MERVs range from 1 to 20, with 20 providing the highest level of particle filtration. Various types of HVAC filters are available and range from flat panel filters, medium and high efficiency filters, and HEPA filters. AC Sales can help you find the right filter for your home and needs.
Regular Maintenance Helps Homeowners Control Indoor Allergens
Providing regularly scheduled maintenance for your heating and air conditioning system is one of the most important and cost effective ways to maintain an efficiently running system. It is also one of the best ways you can ease asthma and allergy symptoms. At AC Sales, we feel it is important to change the HVAC filters in your home regularly — as recommended or every two to three months during use — and follow any maintenance instructions recommended by the air conditioner system’s manufacturer and your HVAC professional. This will improve air flow and keep your system running efficiently.
If you suspect mold may be growing inside your air conditioning system, you may want to consider having the air ducts cleaned. If you see mold particles growing near the ducts or on other components of the system or if you smell a musty or moldy odor coming from your vents, consult a duct cleaning professional to check for an accumulation of mold. Increased ventilation in your home can help reduce mold growth and other sources of indoor pollution.
Why suffer from asthma and allergies at home when you can enjoy breathable indoor air? Call AC Sales at 337-234-2345 to discuss optimization solutions for your HVAC system. Whether you opt for an annual HVAC tuneup or a new indoor air quality product, we can have your family breathing better in no time.