Spring has sprung and to some, that means allergies. With pollen and other irritants in the air, this can be a more difficult time for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Luckily, your HVAC system can be used to help reduce symptoms. Whether your allergies are consistent or only occur seasonally, here are some examples and tips on how your HVAC system can help with allergy relief.
To optimize your HVAC system’s ability to help with allergy relief, buy high-quality, durable air filters. When purchasing a filter for your HVAC unit, take note of a few key details. Depending on the brand, there are different terms to look for on the packaging. This can include MERV, FPR, and MPR. These ratings are all fairly similar and followed by a numerical figure that measures a filter’s effectiveness and efficiency. The higher the number, the stronger the filter. High-grade filters can help prevent several different types of allergens and air pollutants from affecting your home’s indoor air quality. If you suffer from allergies, this is the first change to make to your system. Before purchasing, ensure that your system can handle the reinforced filters, as older models can only handle classic fiberglass filters.
Clean Your Vents and Ducts
Over time, your vents will accumulate dust, dander, and other airborne allergens. Make sure to regularly clean your vents as well as your return ducts. This will also help make sure that your system is working at its full capacity and receiving all of the air it needs to properly circulate and filter the air in your home.
Monitor the Humidity
The humidity of your environment can impact how severely allergens will affect you. If you suffer from allergies, invest in a thermostat that also monitors humidity or purchase a separate humidity-monitoring device. If levels are too high or low, you may want to consider getting a humidifier or a dehumidifier the properly control the humidity in your home.
By following these tips, you can better cope with your allergies and the symptoms that they cause this season. If you are in need of any advice on how to improve your home’s air quality or are in need of a new HVAC system, Bremer & Bouman Heating and Cooling, Inc. is here for residents of West Michigan. Give us a call today to schedule heating and cooling services from the experts.