There’s no debating the connection between your home’s HVAC system and allergy symptom intensity and frequency. Your HVAC system affects the air you breathe and therefore your health. Not all systems are equal so with the right upgrades, you can reduce your allergy symptoms and breathe easier.
Regular filters have limited ability to remove smaller particles. For families without allergy issues, this is sufficient. If you have allergies, you require a filter that can remove smaller allergens that make you sick. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Absorbing) filters trap the smallest particles and are used for hospitals. Upgrading your home’s filter will reduce your body’s exposure to the smaller particles causing you grief. Keep in mind that this affects your furnace blower’s performance so discuss it with a professional first.
Energy Recovery Ventilators
Energy recovery ventilators (ERVs) will remove allergen laden air and replace it with fresh outdoor air. In case you were concerned about outdoor allergens, the ERV’s own filter takes care of this. Sufficient ventilation reduces carbon dioxide buildup, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as those pesky allergens so an ERV will benefit everyone’s overall health.
Air purifiers remove allergens from your home using an air purifier system integrated into your home’s furnace system. If this is not feasible, you can still benefit from a smaller air purifier for rooms like bedrooms or your home office but a centralized system will reduce the allergens throughout your house. Options for purifiers include combinations of filtration and UV light to kill germs, boosting your overall health in the process and keeping your air fresh.
High humidity encourages the growth of dust mites and other allergens that can trigger symptoms. A dehumidifier in a moisture prone area of your house, such as the basement, will reduce your exposure to allergens and your home will also benefit overall. Low humidity dries mucus membranes, leaving you more susceptible to allergens while worsening symptoms. Adding a humidifier to your home’s HVAC system addresses this issue. In both situations, proper control is critical so discuss this with a professional to get the right system (or systems) installed.
Install an AC
Certain allergens thrive in moist, warm conditions. Air conditioners keep temperatures from climbing too high while lowering humidity in the summer. You’ll also have the option to keep windows closed as the temperatures rise, making sure that outdoor allergens stay outdoors.
If someone in your family has allergies and you need to upgrade your HVAC system, give us a call and we can help!