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HVAC System and Allergies

Allergies are a common issue that affects millions of people worldwide. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including pollen, dust mites, pet dander, and mold. While it’s impossible to eliminate all of these allergens from your environment, your HVAC system can play a significant role in reducing their impact on your health. In this blog, we’ll explore how allergies and your HVAC system are connected and what you can do to improve your indoor air quality.

How HVAC systems affect allergies:

HVAC systems are designed to keep the air in your home or office comfortable and clean. However, if not maintained properly, they can actually contribute to allergy symptoms. Here are some ways your HVAC system can affect your allergies:

Circulating allergens: Your HVAC system circulates air throughout your home or office. If the air ducts are dirty, they can spread allergens like dust, pollen, and pet dander throughout your living space.

Inadequate air filtration: If your HVAC system’s air filter isn’t effective, it won’t capture airborne allergens. This can make your allergies worse.

High humidity levels: High humidity levels can create an environment that’s ideal for mold and dust mites to thrive. If your HVAC system doesn’t regulate humidity levels, it can worsen your allergy symptoms.

How to improve indoor air quality

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your indoor air quality and reduce allergy symptoms:

Change your air filter regularly: Your HVAC system’s air filter should be changed every 1-3 months, depending on how often you use your system. A clean filter can capture more airborne allergens and improve indoor air quality.

Invest in high-quality air filters: Not all air filters are created equal. Look for filters with a high MERV rating (minimum efficiency reporting value) to capture more allergens.  Shop for filters through our online shop here: https://bobsairrepair.com/shop/#/products

Clean air ducts: Dirty air ducts can spread allergens throughout your home or office. Hire a professional to clean your air ducts every few years.  You wouldn’t BELIEVE the gross stuff we find in customer’s ducting.  As we like to say, if you don’t remember the last time you had your ducts cleaned, it’s time to clean your ducts.

Add a UV or Ionization filtration system that works in tandem with your HVAC system.  This can make a huge difference, reach out to us and see how adding this to your existing system will work: https://bobsairrepair.com/uv-air-purification/

Schedule regular HVAC maintenance: Regular maintenance by a licensed HVAC professional can keep your system in good working order and help prevent allergen buildup.

Allergies and HVAC systems are connected in many ways. By taking steps to improve indoor air quality, you can reduce allergy symptoms and breathe easier. Regular HVAC maintenance, changing air filters, and controlling humidity levels are all important steps you can take to keep your indoor environment healthy and comfortable.  Give us a call to schedule your HVAC seasonal maintenance at (530) 345-9800.