For many who suffer from allergy symptoms, the late spring and early summer portions of the year are the most significant. Allergies may trigger based on a variety of potential allergens, including some that may enter indoor spaces if the proper filtration is not present.
When you call the pros with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air, you get access to a wide variety of HVAC-related air quality areas, from standard filters and maintenance to areas like UV germicidal lights and other air quality products. Here’s a primer on how your AC and allergy prevention are connected, plus some additional tactics to consider if someone in your home has significant allergies or related respiratory symptoms.
ACs and Allergies
Your standard air conditioner and HVAC system will help limit allergy triggers and symptoms in two specific ways:
- Filters: For starters, all HVAC systems should have a filter that’s regularly changed or cleaned. Most such filters are designed to trap a wide variety of small particles, including allergens like dust, dust mites, pet dander and other irritants. Some even contain fine HEPA filters for advanced filtration in this area.
- Humidity control: Certain allergens, such as fungus and mold, grow and reproduce in moist and warm conditions. Luckily, the AC also helps prevent these as long as it’s tuned properly, keeping your humidity levels in the right ranges so mold and fungus don’t grow.
Limitations of Filters
Now, while air filters are a strong line of defense against allergens and other contaminants, they don’t necessarily stop every particle that might be a risk here. In addition, not all HVAC systems are set up with perfect seals to the filters, meaning some air still leaks out without being filtered. For this reason, many consider upgrading their home’s indoor air quality measures, which we’ll go over in our next section.
There are several approaches you can take to improve your home’s air quality for those suffering from allergies, including:
- UV germicidal lights: Ideal additions to an HVAC system that target areas where mold, mildew and other allergens grow, eliminating them permanently.
- Air purifier: There are several air purifier types out there, including whole-home electric options that cause allergens and other contaminants to stick to a metal plate in the system, which can be easily cleaned off at any time to remove such contaminants.
- Air filtration: In addition, many homeowners consider whole-home air filtration systems that cover far larger areas than your standard HVAC filter. Speak to our team about these solutions.
For more on allergies and air conditioning in your home, or to learn about any of our furnace repair or water heater services, speak to the staff with At Your Service Plumbing, Heating & Air today.